Sunday, March 2, 2008

Mel Rosenthal's "Americans by choice"

"Palestinian-American girl, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn," Mel Rosenthal, All rights reserved

New York documentary photographer and teacher Mel Rosenthal has been going against the tide a long time. His latest show, The Arab Americans: American by Choice, opening Friday, March 7th at Webster University in St. Louis, is, as usual, timely & courageous.

Started before the attacks of September 11th, the show's straightforward but sensitive portrayal of New Yorkers who trace their roots to North Africa and the Middle East stands against crude stereotypes that have gained ground since the attacks. It's also a stunning collection of pictures.

If you're in the St. Louis area between March 7 & March 28, don't miss this one.

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