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PEOPLE GET READY: The Struggle For Human Rights    Jul 6 - Sep 2, 2012


Monroe Gallery of Photography, 112 Don Gaspar, is pleased to present "People Get Ready", a major exhibition of 55 dramatic photographs from significant human rights struggles in history. The exhibition opens with a public reception Friday, July 6, 5 - 7 PM, and continues through September 2.

The belief that everyone, by virtue of her or his humanity, is entitled to certain human rights is fairly new. Its roots, however, lie in earlier traditions and documents of many cultures; however, it took the catalyst of World War II to propel human rights onto the global stage and into the global conscience.

Yet, every day we still see images of people struggling for their freedoms; their right to live without fear, their right to speak, and their right to worship the god of their choice. In the past several months, we have watched as citizens in Egypt, Libya, and now Syria, took to the streets to air their politics and struggle for freedom; and here in the United States, the Occupy Wall Street movement championed the cause of economic and social rights. The struggle around the world is unrelenting. Dedicated photojournalists have been, and continue to be, there to bring the voices and the images of the people as they rise to fight for basic human rights. (According to the Committee To Protect Journalists, 19 journalists have been killed in 2012 and 179 are currently in jail world-wide.)

Photographers in this exhibition illustrate the power of photography to inform, persuade, enlighten and enrich the viewer's life. Many of the photographs featured in this exhibition not only moved the public at the time of their publication, and continue to have an impact today, but set social and political changes in motion, transforming the way we live and think.

Many global human rights movements are documented in the exhibition, including: Civil Rights in America, Women's Rights, Democracy rights, People's rights, Worker's rights, Gay rights, and other causes. Also included are stark photographs of stalwart defenders of the-then status quo, from segregationists to proponents of sexism.

Photographers featured in the exhibition include: Eddie Adams, Nina Berman, Margaret Bourke-White, Bill Eppridge, Ashley Gilbertson, 2011 World Press Photograph of the Year winner and recipient of the Visa d'or News Award for coverage of the Arab Spring Yuri Kozyrev, Charles Moore, Paul Schutzer, Steve Schapiro, Grey Villet, Jeff Widener, and many other renowned photojournalists.


Monroe Gallery of Photography was founded by Sidney S. Monroe and Michelle A. Monroe. Building on more than four decades of collective experience, the gallery specializes in classic black & white photography with an emphasis on humanist and photojournalist imagery. The gallery also represents a select group of contemporary and emerging photographers and exhibits nationally at prestigious Photography Fairs. Monroe Gallery was the recipient of the 2010 Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Excellence in Photojournalism.

Gallery hours are 10 to 6 Monday through Saturday, 10 - 5 Sunday. Admission is free. For further information, please call: 505.992.0800; E-mail: info@monroegallery.com. Interviews with select photographers and Media kit with images available upon request.

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