A different point of view
World famous photographers showcase their work
Two world-famous photographers are coming to Calgary to promote their new books at a WordFest event in the Glenbow Museum Theatre on Oct. 7.
Wade Davis and Luis Fabini collaborated on Cowboys of the Americas, while Wade Davis: Photographs is a solo undertaking by Davis.
This event will be taking place on the opening day of WordFest.
“Our mission is to connect Calgarians to life-changing ideas,” said Shelley Youngblut, the general director for WordFest.
The format of the event will be an author talk with a slideshow presentation showing some of Davis and Fabini’s photos. Russell Cobb, an associate professor in modern languages and cultural studies at the University of Alberta, will be hosting the event.
For Cowboys of the Americas, Fabini took the photos, and Davis wrote the text to accompany the work, which discusses cowboy culture and the relationship between horses and humans.
Fabini spent over a decade travelling through North and South America, immersing himself in cowboy culture. Cowboys of the Americas features photos taken by him of his travels.
Wade Davis: Photographs, however, is a collection of Davis’s 150 favourite photographs, selected from the thousands of photos he has taken over his 40-year career. Many of these photographs are of people from other cultures.
Youngblut said Davis’s book manages to be so engrossing because of the quality of photographs that offer glimpses of different ways of life.
“It’s that sense of the mystery of the world,” she said. “I think we’ve been very closed off here in North America.”
Davis is a professor of anthropology and the author of 19 books. His photos have appeared in 100 magazines and over 30 books. He is also an explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society.
“When he works, he goes and embeds himself with the people,” Youngblut said.
Among his many books, Davis wrote The Serpent and the Rainbow, a bestseller that detailed his investigation on Haitian ìzombies,î people who were supposedly subjected to mind control by ingesting tetrodotoxin. His book was later made into a 1988 movie of the same name, directed by Wes Craven.
Fabini is a self-taught photographer who has directed and produced documentary films. He was also a fashion and travel photographer.
This is his first time participating in WordFest and visiting Canada, while Davis has made multiple appearances in the past for WordFest.
WordFest runs from Oct. 7 to Oct. 16. For tickets or more information, please visit: www.wordfest.com