February 17, 2011
“The Europeans, by Damaso Reyes” a Photography Exhibit at Webster University's May Gallery
“The Europeans,” a photography exhibit presented at Webster University's May Gallery. Change is a constant part of our lives and the past hundred years has seen Europe divided by an Iron Curtain, wracked by two wars to end all wars and finally coming together through the European Union. American photojournalist Damaso Reyes has spent the past five years living and traveling through Europe from Germany to Kosovo documenting how these monumental historic changes have an impact on the lives of ordinary Europeans. Using the themes of economics, politics, immigration and identity Damaso's images show how daily life in Europe is subtly evolving into something new that is changing the face, color, and culture of the continent.
When: Feb. 25 – March 25
Opening reception Feb. 25, 5-7 p.m. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. M-F
Talk by Mr. Reyes on Friday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m. in Sverdrup 101
Where: May Photography Gallery, Sverdrup Building, Webster University, 8300 Big Bend Blvd., 2nd Floor
Cost: Free and open to the public
More info: 246-7673 or www.webster.edu/maygallery
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Damaso Reyes first began working as a newspaper photographer while still in high school. He has worked for institutions and his work has appeared in publications including: The United Nations Development Programme, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, The San Francisco Chronicle, World Policy Journal, New York magazine, Vanity Fair Germany, Der Spiegel and Time Asia. Previous assignments and projects have taken him to countries including Rwanda, Iraq, Indonesia, Cuba, Tanzania, and throughout the United States and Europe. His images are also featured in the monograph Black: A Celebration of a Culture and the book Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers go to War. He is 2008 Fulbright scholar and the the recipient of the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship and two first place awards for international reporting from the New York Association of Black Journalists. Damaso's photographs have been exhibited in Germany, Austria, Syria and The United States. His work can be seen at www.theeuropeans.net and www.damaso.com.