Photography Series: Brian Sokol

Brian Sokol at the Half King
Brian Sokol / The Most Important Thing

           Opening night talk
           Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Begun in 2012, this ongoing narrative portrait series establishes a direct connection with the emotional and practical lives of men, women, and children who have fled conflicts in nearly a dozen countries. Each person tells the events of their escape and presents what is most meaningful to them in their dislocated state. In this way, Brian creates an entry point to the current refugee crisis, whose vast scale and dizzying force renders individuals as featureless victims in mass flight. The poise and beauty of his images, as well as his subjects' stories, counters this perception by compelling us to to linger on choices and contingencies that, with a flip of history, we could be faced with ourselves.

The opening will feature a slideshow and discussion with Brian, led by Anna Van Lenten, curator of The Half King Photography Series.

Currently based in Kathmandu, Brian Sokol is an independent photographer dedicated to documenting human rights issues and humanitarian crises in conflict-affected societies. He has had solo and group exhibitions in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. He is represented by Panos Pictures and is Sony's Global Imaging Ambassador.

The Half King Photography Series is dedicated to showing exceptional photography. In tandem with its reading series, The Half King fosters a dialog between photographers and writers that underscores the importance of their unique relationship. Co-curating its photography series are James Price, Assignments Editor at Getty Reportage, and Anna Van Lenten, writer and editor.

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