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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Documentary Photographer Colin Finlay Shares Unique Perspective On "Environment" with Special Presentation at PhotoPlus Expo

Award-winning Photographer and WD Creative Master Combines Photography, Personal Diary and Original Musical Scores to Present the World and Environment

NEW YORK, NY – Oct. 19, 2011 –Colin Finlay, one of the world’s foremost documentary and environmental photographers, will provide a rare and insightful look at the world around us in a special presentation titled, Environment, during the PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo on Thursday evening, Oct. 26 from 6:15 -- 7:45 p.m. (1A Hall / Room 1A14). Presented by Western Digital, Environment is an emotional and eye-opening experience that combines three primary mediums of communication -- photography, music, and the written word. 

Finlay's images will guide us on a personal journey of his experiences from every corner of the world, and will be accompanied by passages from his personal diary throughout his travels, and original musical scores written and produced by Finlay himself. Attendance is free to all registered PhotoPlus Expo attendees, but seating is limited.

As one of the world's leading documentary and environmental photographers and a six-time winner of the prestigious Picture of the year (POYi) award, Finlay continues to explore the human condition and the environment with compassion, empathy, and dignity. During his presentation, Finlay will share his experiences in some of the most remote locations in the world and discuss how he manages to salvage his sanity by implementing systems that protect the very reason he is there. The moments he captures with his camera are truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. At the Arctic Circle, one shot is sometimes all you get so protecting and storing his images is essential to his success.

"Colin Finlay uses his camera to tell the stories of those who don't have the ability to tell it themselves, and does it with a level of fairness, accuracy, and honesty that is captivating and emotional," explains Jeff McQuilkin, Director - PDN PhotoPlus International Conference & Expo.

David Friend, former Director of Photography at LIFE magazine and current Editor of Creative Development at Vanity Fair magazine, is very familiar with Finlay's work and will introduce Colin's presentation and moderate a Q&A session following the presentation.  "Colin has a special way of seeing the world, which is why Vanity Fair asked him to photograph a story we were doing on mountaintop coal scraping in West Virginia," explains David Friend.  "His portraits of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. were equally outstanding and it is an honor for me to introduce Colin and his work here at PhotoPlus Expo."

About Colin Finlay
Colin Finlay is one of the top documentary photographers in the world.  He has been awarded the prestigious Picture of the Year International (POYi) six times, and his photographs have been featured in Vanity Fair, TIME, U.S. News and World Report, American Photo, and Discovery.  Finlay is a member of Western Digital’s WD Creative Masters, program, and has published five photography books including Testify, Darfur: Twenty Years of War and Genocide in Sudan, and his most recent book, Eco Amazons: 20 Women Who Are Transforming the World.


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