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Exhibition showcases students' international photos

Weekdays, March through May, 2009, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rockefeller, Wilson and Whitman colleges

"International Eye," an exhibition of photographs from across the globe taken by Princeton undergraduates, will be on view in three residential colleges this spring. The display showcases students' participation in international study, internships, service and research.

The exhibition was created through an international photo contest sponsored by the Office of International Programs this past fall. Thirty-nine photographs were selected from close to 500 submissions taken in 64 countries by students concentrating in 25 departments. Many of the experiences depicted in the photos were funded by Princeton programs and departments.

"Over the past several years, Princeton has seen an increase in the number of students studying and working abroad,” said Nancy Kanach, senior associate dean of the college and director of the Office of International Programs. "We are excited to have this opportunity to celebrate the talents of the students whose photographs bring home to us the richness and diversity of the world beyond Princeton's gates. We are inspired by their sense of adventure and by their perspective on the world."

Undergraduates were asked to submit photos that told a story about their time abroad or lent a fresh perspective on the monuments, cityscapes and landscapes they encountered. First and second prizes were awarded in four categories: cityscape/architecture; abstraction; landscape/nature; and people. Another 31 images received honorable mention.

Photographer Andrew Moore, lecturer in visual arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts, selected the winning photographs with assistance from Giorgio DiMauro, associate director of the Study Abroad Program, and Martina Anderson, communications and outreach coordinator in the Office of International Programs.

"Selecting the winners was difficult, but it was fun and genuinely interesting," said DiMauro. "You get caught up in the students' evident excitement and curiosity. The contest invites students to think about other countries not as destinations, but as places of shared human experience. A person's hand on a ferry in Vietnam, a richly patterned ceiling in Poland -- these scenes communicate the mixture of day-to-day familiarity and wonder that comes with spending extended periods exploring new places."

The exhibition will be on view weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through March 31 in the Firestone Lounge in Rockefeller College. (A companion exhibition of photos taken by Mathey College students while abroad will hang in the Mathey Common Room during the same time.) The display will be on view in April in the Wilcox Hall Commons in Wilson College and in May in the Guggenheim Gallery in Whitman College. An online version of the exhibition is available.

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