Photographer Maryanne Russell has put a face on humanitarianism with the exhibit "Cambodia: Light After Darkness," running through May 31 at the Byram Shubert Library, 21 Mead Ave., Byram. The month-long exhibition will feature an artist's reception on Thursday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m.
In January 2005, with the assistance of Mark Calafatello, founder of EMR Asian Antiques, Inc., Russell embarked on a journey to visit various relief agencies. The result was an exhibit capturing the humanity and beauty of the Kingdom of Cambodia, as she sought to photograph people making a difference in the gorgeous, yet culturally-ravaged country.
The exhibit will include 30 photographic images and portfolios presenting four humanitarian causes in need of support. These are some of the groups that Russell and Calafatello spent significant time with while in Cambodia.
Russell, the founder of Maryanne Russell Photography, Inc., visited relief agencies such as Outreach Emergency Services Program, a nonprofit U.S.-based group which supports development of fire brigades and emergency medical services worldwide; The Village d'Enfants de Sihanoukville, which provides housing, food, schooling, medicine and emotional support to disadvantaged children; M'Lop Tapang, which creates a safe haven for abused children and aims to reintegrate them into their families and community; and The New Cambodian Children's Live Association, an orphanage that seeks to preserve traditional Khmer culture while providing all of the children's basic needs.
Images from the exhibitions have been recognized by The International Photography Awards, Travel Photographer of the Year Awards and The International Color Awards.
The exhibit can be viewed in the Community Room on the lower level during Byram Shubert Library hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, 12-8 p.m. except during programs. For more information or to check availability, please call the Byram Shubert Library at 203-531-0426.