At Poynter, a must-see photo exhibit on Africa

Poynter has long been a place where smart conversation about international photojournalism has taken place. (Kudos to my friend and former colleague Kenny Irby, who has worked hard to bring previous exhibits including the Pictures of the Year winners.)

Thus I was not surprised during my recent visit to see Poynter hosting a world-class photo exhibit on Africa. “Congo/Women Portraits of War: The Democratic Republic of Congo” is an internationally touring photo exhibit and educational campaign that raises awareness of the widespread sexual violence facing women and girls in the DRC. It’s a moving collection of image and text, displayed wonderfully in a quiet, open gallery/classroom space. A favorite was the photo above, “Tche,” by Ron Haviv, 2005, showing a woman and her son receiving treatment at a clinic for malnutrition run by Doctors Without Borders.

The exhibit runs through Feb. 20, 2010 (hurry!) and is open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Poynter is located at 801 Third St S, St. Petersburg, Florida. Phone (727) 821-9494.

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