Artist Talk with Robert Dawson

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Photographer Robert Dawson will give a lecture about his photographs of Water in the West featured in the exhibition Empire of Thirst on view June 26 through August 1, 2010 in the Jewett Gallery.

Robert Dawson has long been interested in how photography can be used to understand our relationship with the environment. He is also interested in photography’s ability to shape public awareness and understanding of the place we call home.

Mr. Dawson's photographs have been recognized by a Visual Artists Fellowship from the National Endowment For the Arts, a Ruttenberg Fellowship from The Friends of Photography, a Photographer's Work Grant from the Maine Photographic Workshops, a James D. Phelan Award through the San Francisco Foundation, and a Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize from the Center For Documentary Studies at Duke University. He served as a Panelist for the Visual Arts Fellowship in Photography for the National Endowment For the Arts in Washington, DC.


Mr. Dawson was born in Sacramento, California in 1950. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1972 and his M.A. from San Francisco State University in 1979. Dawson served as a member of the Board of Directors of San Francisco Camerawork and later of the Friends of Photography. He is a founding member and continues to serve on the Board of PhotoAlliance. He has been an Instructor of Photography at San Jose State University since 1986 and is now an Instructor of Photography at Stanford University since 1996.

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