Photo essay on contemporary slavery

Monday, March 23, 2009

Julie Cobb, award-winning photographer, presents a photo essay April 15 at the Paramount Theatre

Julie Cobb, award-winning photographer, presents a photo essay April 15 at the Paramount Theatre.


A photo essay by National Geographic photographer Jodi Cobb will detail the brutal realities of contemporary slavery.

Voicings, a five-year-old fine arts festival/scholarly symposium, is sponsoring the free, public presentation 7 p.m. April 15 at Paramount Theatre, downtown St. Cloud.

More than 27 million people are forced to work for no pay, in rock quarries in India, brick kilns in Pakistan, brothels in Thailand and elsewhere, according to Kevin Bales, president of Free the Slaves, a Washington, D.C. advocacy group.

Bales is a professor of sociology at the University of Surrey Roehampton, in England. He documented his findings in the 2004 book "Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy."

Cobb was one of the first photographers to cross China when it reopened to the West, traveling 7,000 miles for the book "Journey Into China." She was the first photographer to record the hidden lives of women of Saudi Arabia, welcomed into the palaces of princesses and the tents of Bedouins for a landmark article in 1987. And she was the first woman to be named White House Photographer of the Year. View her page on the National Geographic Web site.

Voicings is funded by a grant from the St. Cloud Arts Commission, through support from the city of St. Cloud and donations received through Change for Arts, a voluntary city utility bill round-up program.

Additional funding provided by the following St. Cloud State University entities: College of Fine Arts and Humanities, Office of Sponsored Programs, American Indian Center and the Cultural Diversity Committee.

Regent Broadcasting is an event sponsor.

For more information, contact Mark Eden, professor of mass communications. Special thanks to Michael Vadnie, mass communications professor, and his wife, M.J. Kilkelly.

- Jeff Wood

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