Dordt College News

Award-winning photographer René Clement to visit Dordt’s campus

February 28, 2012

New York City-based and award-winning freelance photographer René Clement is giving a presentation and showcasing his exhibit at Dordt College. The public is invited to attend the presentation on Wednesday, March 7, at 3:30 p.m. in classroom 1144 in the Ribbens Academic Complex.

His honors include Zilveren Camera awards for Foreign Documentary and News Pictures, and publication in Time Magazine’s Pictures of the Year in 2003. He has published seven books of photography including Promising Land (Land vol Beloften in Dutch) about Dutch Americans living in Iowa, a book that was unveiled at the Orange City Tulip Festival last summer and was the featured summer exhibit at Dordt College.

Clement writes of the 38-image book, “What began as an accidental meander through an unknown town has grown into a love relationship, and photographing in the Orange City area off and on for 5 years.”

He recently contributed photographs for a 40-page newspaper publication called “Scar Tissue,” which was distributed on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on New York as part of the memorial and in collaboration with the Dutch newspaper Trouw.

Photographs from Promising Land, as well as many taken from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in 2002 and the Haitian revolution taken in 2004, will be displayed in the lobby of the Ribbens Academic Complex.

Clement will be on campus in preparation for a master photo workshop in photo journalism with Dordt students and art faculty for a five-day session during spring break. He hosted eight Dordt students and photo instructor Doug Burg in New York City during last year’s spring break, and the group snapped nearly 40,000 images. The Dordt community is invited to view Rene Clement’s photographs before and after the public presentation. The photos will remain on display throughout March.

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