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Professor’s Photos from Africa Focus of Library of Congress Presentation

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The cover of Southern Miss photographer Betty Press’ new book, “I Am Because We Are: African Wisdom In Image and Proverb.”

A University of Southern Mississippi adjunct professor’s new book featuring compelling images of life in Africa captured through her photography will be spotlighted this week at the prestigious Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. 

Betty Press’ work, “I Am Because We Are: African Wisdom In Image and Proverb”, will be the focus of her lecture and book signing Thursday, Sept. 8 from noon-1:15 p.m. at the African and Middle Eastern Reading Room (LJ-220) at the Thomas Jefferson Building.

“I Am Because We Are” includes a selection of 125 black and white photos taken in East and West Africa by Press over the past 20 years, as well as proverbs selected by Tanzania native Annetta Miller. BeginningSaturday, Sept. 10 the renowned International Visions gallery will show Press’ photos in connection with the book launch at the gallery.

Press said the book’s photos offer everyday moments of life on the continent she believes are rarely presented elsewhere. “It’s a celebration of Africa, showing how it not only survives through difficult situations but inspires through the spirit, strength, hard work and dignity of its people,” she said.

She hopes those who read it come away with a better appreciation for Africa and its culture, and take something for their own lives in the narrative of the accompanying proverbs.  “Its proverbs provide an important African voice for these images, and hopefully a new way for the reader to look at their own life,” Press said.

Press has been an adjunct faculty member in the Southern Miss Department of Art and Design since 2003. For more information about “I Am Because We Are: African Wisdom In Image and Proverb,” online visit www.AfricanWisdomInImageAndProverb.comor visit Press’ home page, www.bettypress.com. For more information about the Library of Congress presentation, contact Eve Ferguson at 202.707.1982 or e-mail efer@loc.gov