February 29, 2012
The Project on Family Homelessness in the Center for Strategic Communications is hosting the photo exhibit Looking Into Light in cooperation with the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. The exhibit documents the experience of family homelessness in the United States. Included are 20 photos by prominent local photojournalist Dan Lamont, a 2010 Seattle University Journalism Fellow. The exhibit is on display in Seattle City Hall until April 27.
Created by the National Center on Family Homelessness and its Campaign to End Child Homelessness from more than 20,000 photos, the exhibit will travel throughout the United States during the next two years. Seattle is only the third city to host the exhibit.
The Project on Family Homelessness supports journalists, events, and activities through funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Lamont received one of the project’s first journalism fellowships. Beginning in 2010, he began covering family homelessness in his native Washington state with a special emphasis on telling the often overlooked stories of homeless families in suburban and rural areas. A photojournalist, Lamont has covered issues of social concern since the late 1970s. His stories have appeared regularly in Time, Life, Newsweek, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Audubon, US News & World Report, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Fortune, Stern, Der Speigel, GEO, Paris Match, LeMonde, and many other publications. “The photos tell the stories of families in Washington state and highlight our region’s progress toward ending family homelessness,” said Barry Mitzman, director of the Project on Family Homelessness. In conjunction with the exhibit, project community partner Building Changes has created a display representing the state’s solutions to family homelessness.
The Project on Family Homelessness is funded by a grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For more information, please contact Catherine Hinrichsen.The Center for Strategic Communications is in the Communication Department in the College of Arts and Sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees.
Photo Credit: Dan Lamont, "Finally Home," 2010
Photo Credit Above: Anonymous, "Untitled (Girl with Lamp)," Year UnknownCourtesy of National Center on Family Homelessness
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