An Acknowledgement

The banner at the top of my blog consists mostly of pictures I took in January 2010 during a trip to St Petersburg – a city most beloved to my heart. The last picture is, of course, Cambridge.

The next-to-last photograph, however, was contributed by someone else. The author’s name is Patrick Breslin.The image is a monument in Kiev to the Great Famine of 1932-33. “Not to be forgotten” is written in English at the very center of the sculpture.

Patrick Breslin is a writer and photographer (his website lives here) whose past work has focused primarily on Latin America. Most recently he was Vice-President of the Inter-American Foundation, a US foreign assistance agency. His photography documenting Latin American society has been prominently featured in IAF publications for more than two decades, and was exhibited in Washington DC and Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Patrick has published two books: Interventions, a novel set in the turbulent period of the 1973 military coup against President Salvador Allende in Chile, and Development and Dignity, a journalist’s report on foreign assistance projects. His articles and book reviews have appeared in major US magazines, such as Smithsonian, and several newspapers, principally The Washington Post. Very important among these articles, I think, is a critical examination of development as we know it, called Thinking Outside Newton’s Box, in which he challenges the common metaphors of his field.

Patrick spent much of the last three years in Ukraine, travelling to Georgia and other countries on photographic projects. Over time, these trips gave rise to a photography exhibition, Georgian Reflections. It takes place at the Kharkov City Art Gallery from April 22 to May 11, 2011. This is particularly interesting in context of memory studies, because the exhibit is dedicated to city sculpture of Tbilisi. Here is a 1-page description in two languages:

Download file "Photo exhibit concept ENGLISH.doc"

Download file "Photo exhibit concept RUSSIAN.doc"

PS – Patrick has one other title: he is also my dear father.

 

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