Michael Hanson, a travel and documentary photographer, will give a talk at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the Stackhouse Theater at 6 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.
The title of Hanson’s talk is "Documentary Photography of Latin American Resources, From Amazon Oil to Caribbean Baseball."
Hanson, a 2003 graduate of Washington and Lee, also will be on campus Thursday, Oct. 4, to meet with students about possible careers in photography, journalism, environmental studies and/or work in Latin America and the Caribbean. Leyburn Library and Career Services will mount electronic displays of Hanson's work during his visit.
Hanson, based in Seattle, was named one of the world's top travel photographers by Popular Photography Magazine.
Hanson's photography career began after playing minor league baseball in the Atlanta Braves farm system. His travel and lifestyle work has taken him to more than 20 countries around the world. He recently completed his first book, a project documenting urban farming in America, titled Breaking Through Concrete. His photographs accompanied an article by his brother, David Hanson, a 2000 W&L alumnus, that appeared in the Spring/Summer 2012 edition of W&L: The Alumni Magazine of Washington and Lee.
He has taught numerous photography workshops, including National Geographic Student Expeditions in the Sacred Valley, Peru. He was the co-founder for the Center Street Photography Program in Birmingham, Ala. He has judged the 2010, 2011 and 2012 DC Fotoweek Photography contest. Hanson's art work is in the permanent archive at the Sir Elton John Collection.
His visit to W&L is sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program and the Career Development Center.