University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Kyle Cassidy will discuss his adventures in documentary photography Feb. 8

The Working Group in Digital and New Media and the Department of History will host Kyle Cassidy in the Chester Fritz Library East Asia Room at noon, Friday, Feb. 8. He'll talk about the process of visual storytelling, drawing from his published works, photo essays, and gallery shows. He'll discuss how the medium has changed over the past decade into a much richer environment, how academics and artists can embrace and use this, connect to larger audiences and how the new mechanisms can be used to fund and facilitate research.

Kyle Cassidy has been documenting America since the 1990s. He has photographed mobsters, music subcultures, politicians, dominatrices, scholars, and science fiction fans. His projects have extended abroad to Romania, where he captured the lives of homeless orphans living in sewers; and to Egypt, where he reported on archaeological excavations. His documentary photography book Armed America: Portraits of Gun Owners in Their Homes was awarded’s "Best 100 Books of 2007" and "Best 10 Art Books of 2007" medals and won rave reviews from both Field and Stream as well as the Washington Post. His most recent book, War Paint: Tattoo Culture and the Armed Forces, tells the stories of veterans body art. Currently, he is working on a book project titled Where I Write: Fantasy and Science Fiction Authors in Their Creative Spaces, as well as a collection of portraits of roller derby players.

-- William Caraher, associate professor, History, 330.0586,

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