PULITZER PRIZE PHOTOJOURNALIST EXHIBIT AT CRC
PULITZER PRIZE PHOTOJOURNALIST EXHIBIT AT CRC
Sacramento, CA- Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Renée C. Byer will show her exhibit “Living On A Dollar A Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor” at the Cosumnes River College (CRC) Art Gallery, April 21 through May 18.
“Living On A Dollar A Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor,” is a powerful and extraordinary series of photographs and profiles by Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Renée C. Byer, whose work illuminates the human faces of people who live in extreme poverty around the world. Traveling to 10 countries on four continents, Byer sought out individuals and families on the brink of survival – living on about one U.S. dollar each day. The people in Byer’s compelling profiles share their hardships, their joys, and their dreams for the future with her. Often with little hope of changing their own destiny, they dream of something better for their children. In her searing and tender images, accompanied by stories shared by people whose trust she gained, Byer gives voice to those who would otherwise not be heard.
As a Senior Photojournalist at The Sacramento Bee Renée C. Byer is best known for her in-depth work focusing on the disadvantaged. Her ability to produce photographs with profound emotional resonance and sensitivity earned her the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography in 2007 and dozens of national and international honors, including the World Understanding Award from Pictures of the Year International, and Pulitzer Finalist in 2013. Her multimedia work garnered her an Emmy nomination for field producing and photography. Her images have been published in media outlets worldwide including Paris Match, TIME, Newsweek and National Geographic.
Byer’s internationally acclaimed book for photography, Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor, illuminates the stories of people living on the brink of survival, and invites you to put an end to extreme poverty. It is a personal project that she is grateful the Sacramento Bee granted her a leave of absence to produce and have supported. David Griffin, the former director of photography for National Geographic magazine, designed the book.
An inspiring teacher and speaker, Byer stirs audiences to see how unbiased photojournalism can raise awareness and affect change. The photographs in her exhibition and book have been featured in countless news outlets throughout the world including CBS Sunday Morning and she recently highlighted the issue of extreme poverty during her third TEDx talk in Sonoma, Calif.
This touring exhibit is part of worldwide movement. It is a goal that Renée C. Byer, Founder of the non-profit, Positive Change Can Happen (PCCH) hopes to connect to with each community and each individual that experiences it. That goal is to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 as set forth by UNSECO at the 2015 Paris Summit Peace Talks. A world goal with far reaching consequence and one which everyone may support. Educating our children to be the voices of tomorrow is our future, we know this, but how do we really connect? This exhibit works to establish that interface through images and storytelling, to pull the viewer in and share a very personal experience that affects us all, both abroad, as well as at home. The exhibit Living On a Dollar a Day was created to generate understanding, empathy and the ability to act in a positive way to end extreme poverty.
Through her collaboration with A Fourth Act, Renée aims to reinvent how we experience photo exhibitions by bridging the power of stories that build awareness and turn compassion and empathy into social action. By using an innovative mobile web app, youbridge.it, along with Renée’s photos, the interactive photo exhibit can engage visitors to participate in an interactive and powerful experience that goes beyond raising awareness. As they walk through the gallery, youbridge.it offers the photo exhibit visitors an opportunity to dive deeper into the issues behind the stories and makes tangible actions available at their fingertips. Byer’s photos are an emotional invitation to learn about the roots causes of extreme poverty and hunger, and to take simple but concrete actions in 10 areas of social issues. A strong believer that positive change can happen; she encourages us to be part of it by shifting the language from problem-focused to a solution-oriented one.
The exhibition also includes an educational documentary film of same name that chronicles Byer as she narrates and travels the world in the making of the book. The book and documentary were both supported by The Forgotten International, a non-profit in San Francisco that works to bring together people in the world who have great resources with people who have great needs. The founder Tom Nazario authored the book and directed the film.
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