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A Discussion with the Acclaimed French Photographer Frédéric Brenner, Who Will Soon Appear in Tulsa

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Aired on Tuesday, February 23rd.

On this installment of ST, we speak with Frédéric Brenner, an internationally acclaimed photographer who's best known for this documentation of Jewish communities around the world. His photographs have been shown at (among other prestigious venues) the International Center of Photography in New York, the Musée de l'Élysée in Lausanne, and the Joods Historisch Museum in Amsterdam. Brenner (born in 1959 in Paris) is also the author/initiator of an exhibition called "This Place," which just opened at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. As noted of this striking show at the "This Place" website: "A monumental international project, 'This Place' brings together images by twelve renowned photographers -- Wendy Ewald, Martin Kollar, Josef Koudelka, Jungjin Lee, Gilles Peress, Fazal Sheikh, Stephen Shore, Rosalind Solomon, Thomas Struth, Jeff Wall, Nick Waplington, and the author of the project, Frédéric Brenner -- who created a diverse and fragmented portrait of Israel and the West Bank as a highly contested place with all its rifts and paradoxes." We reached Brenner by phone because he will be speaking about "This Place" -- and about his photographic work and thought more generally -- later this week here in Tulsa. Brenner will give a free-to-the-public address at 7pm on Thursday the 25th at Congregation B'nai Emunah (near Peoria and 17th Street).

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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