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UW-Eau Claire Photography Exhibit Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

RELEASED: Aug. 22, 2005

Photo by Nile Ostenso
"Cinco Alumnos" is one of the photos by alumnus Nile Ostenso to be shown in a McIntyre Library exhibit today through Sept. 30.

EAU CLAIRE — A new photo exhibit, "Faces from Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico, 1971," opened today in the Grand Corridor of McIntyre Library at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The exhibit of color and black and white photography by UW-Eau Claire alumnus Nile Ostenso will run through Sept. 30 and is presented in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Ostenso, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a bachelor of science degree in geology in 1971, took the photos while on a month-long drive through Central America following graduation. Ostenso recalled Central America as "a very peaceful and pleasant place to visit" and a photographer's dream.

"In this McIntyre library exhibit, the faces from Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico leave the impressions of every day life that can go on forever," wrote Ostenso, noting that while change is inevitable, the faces of his subjects present expressions and emotions that are universal and timeless.

Although Ostenso considers himself an amateur photographer, he writes that his interest in the subject dates back to his early years, when his father also enjoyed photography, and was further developed when he began his geologic training out west. He has shown his photographs only occasionally over the years. He now lives in Middletown.

For more information, contact Christopher Cox, assistant professor of library science, at (715) 836-4454 or coxcn@uwec.edu.

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