Artist Lecture & Book Signing: Lori Waselchuk
Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Lecture: 6:00 – 7:00pm
Book Signing: 7:00 – 7:30pm

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center announces a lecture and book signing by award-winning documentary photographer Lori Waselchuk. Waselchuk has recently published a book of her project Grace Before Dying, which tells the story of the transformative power of a volunteer inmate hospice system at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Most of the inmates at Angola are serving life sentences, and the volunteers help comfort and care for their dying friends in their final weeks and days. Waselchuk’s images document the tender interactions that have helped to transform a violent and punishing environment into a more loving, humane place.

Lori Waselchuk is a documentary photographer whose photographs have appeared in magazines and newspapers worldwide including Newsweek, LIFE, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. She has produced photographs for several international aid organizations including CARE, the UN World Food Program, Médecins Sans Frontières, and The Vaccine Fund. She is a recipient of the Aaron Siskind Foundation’s 2009 Individual Photographer Fellowship, a 2008 Distribution Grant from the Documentary Photography Project of the Open Society Institute, the 2007 PhotoNOLA Review Prize and the 2004 Southern African Gender and Media Award for Photojournalism. Waselchuk was also a nominee for the 2009 Santa Fe Prize for Photography, a finalist in the 2008 Aperture West Book Prize, and a finalist in the 2006 and 2008 Critical Mass Review.

Waselchuk’s book Grace Before Dying will be available for purchase at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.

This event is part of the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center free lecture series by visiting contemporary artists. Lectures are open to the public and serve the educational purpose of cultivating an active dialogue about photography.