Larry Towell - No Man's Land
May 14 - June 25, 2005
Opening Reception: Saturday May 14, 2005 2pm-5pm
Larry Towell was born in Chatham, Ontario, in 1953. As a student of Fine Arts at York University, he was schooled in the basics of photography, learning to use a camera and process black-and-white-film. Along with poetry, prose, and music, Larry began to utilize photography as a tool to explore the inherent inequities of society, a pursuit that he continues to this day.
Many of Larry's projects revolve around the theme of landlessness, and the effect that this state has on people's lives, as evidenced in The Mennonites and El Salvador. In 2003, he received the inaugural Henri Cartier-Bresson Award for his project photographing in the West Bank and Gaza, which was the genesis for No Man's Land. An exhibition of this work was mounted at the Cartier-Bresson Foundation in Paris in April, 2005, and is published as a monograph by Chris Boot / The Archive of Modern Conflict.
Larry Towell is the only Canadian member of the Magnum Photo Agency. He has won many international photo awards including: the World Press Photo of the Year; The Hasselblad Award; and the inaugural Roloff Beny Book award for his 1997 monograph El Salvador, amongst others. Larry's photo essays have been published in may international magazines including; LIFE, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and Rolling Stone. His photographs are the subject of 5 monographs. He has had numerous one person and group exhibitions across Europe, the U.S., and Canada, and is represented in many public and private collections internationally.