Turns out it wasn't a guided tour; instead, Pam, the Fam Camp manager, drove 8 of us to a place on the University of Arizona in an Air Force utility van, dropped us off and then picked us back up in a couple of hours.
And -- it was interesting and a lot of fun.
The exhibit we saw consisted totally of photos by Charles Harbutt, an American photographer who worked as a photo journalist for 20 years. After that he focused more on personal photos rather than those about social and economic change.
The exhibit included a video about Harbutt's most recent book, "Departures and Arrivals," two electronic displays where you could page thorough his two previous books, a continually running slide show of many of his photos, and blow ups of some of his work displayed on the walls.
Harbutt has taken photos all over the world, including Cuba during the 1959 revolution that lead to Fidel Castro's control. At the time Harbutt was 23, spoke no Spanish, but ended up briefly working for Castro's newspaper, La Revolucion. A quote from Harbutt in the exhibition said that on day one in Cuba he experienced the following firsts: covered a major news story, saw a dead body, was picked up by the police, jailed, slept on a park bench, and had a tryst with a beautiful young woman. Jim later remarked that it took him at least two years in the Navy to accomplish all that.
|Bev and Jim at Frog and Firkin. I had a Sam Smith Chocolate Stout, which may be a new favorite. Jim had a Frog and Firken IPA.|