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Photographer Richard Ross to visit Bloomington for two days of talks, workshops, discussions

Richard Ross (American, b. 1947). "I'm waiting for my mom to come get me. Is she in there? She's at work today. I want to go home. I got in trouble at school today." -R.T., age 10. Washoe County Detention Facility, Reno, Nevada, from Juvenile in Justice, 2012. 

Photographer Richard Ross will visit Bloomington on April 5 for two days of talks, workshops and discussions highlighting his nationally-acclaimed ongoing photography series, “Juvenile in Justice.”

The photos depict young people in the American juvenile justice system.

“His most recent work, the “Juvenile in Justice” series, turns a lens on the placement and treatment of American juveniles housed by law in facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist and, occasionally, harm them,” according to a press release from the IU Eskenazi Museum of Art.

Ross’ work will be on display at City Hall through April. “Juvie Talk,” a play inspired by the stories of the incarcerated youth Ross photographs, will open at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center on April 6.

The photographer will kick off the two-day program by speaking about his experience with incarcerated juveniles at 4 p.m. April 5 at Woodburn Hall. 

IU First Thursday attendees will be able to interact with Ross’s work at the IU Eskenazi Museum of Art’s activity table by writing postcards, sending their own art and leaving messages of hope for incarcerated juveniles. 

Ross will also offer a workshop on April 6 at the Ivy Tech Center for Lifelong Learning. The workshop, titled “Photos of People and Telling Stories,” will give people a chance to work with Ross to learn about the challenges of photographing people and how to tell stories through images and dialogue.

Ross, who is also a researcher and art professor in Santa Barbara, California, is a Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellow and has received grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Center for Cultural Innovation.

Christine Fernando

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