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A woman plays the card game solitaire by oil lamp in the Bahamas. (Carrie Chrisco / Special to the American Press)

A woman plays the card game solitaire by oil lamp in the Bahamas. (Carrie Chrisco / Special to the American Press)

Carrie Chrisco presents 'Woman's Work'

Last Modified: Thursday, May 15, 2014 2:36 PM

By Alex Onken / American Press

This Friday at the Art Associates Gallery inside the Central School Arts and Humanities Center, Carrie Chrisco will open her new exhibit, “Woman’s Work: Around the World,” with a reception at 6 p.m.

The collection of photos spans over 20 years of Chrisco’s work as a documentary photographer.

The exhibit focuses on women at work in such areas of the world as India, the Bahamas, the Himalayas and Mississippi Delta region.

“Documentary photography is different from other photography in the fact that you’re capturing people in a moment in their lives, and they will continue to do that in their lives” said Chrisco.

“It’s a collection of women and different things they do.”

Chrisco said it was a challenge to select images from over 10 years, some in slide format. Subjects are either engaged in a task or have chosen to pose for her.

“There are many times that people like to pose for me, and look directly at me. Other times I capture them working without posing.

“But I like to sometimes have them pose for me because I can think of what they think of themselves. They’re proud of what they do, whether it’s hauling rocks in the Himalayas or hoeing cotton in Mississippi.

Chrisco, in addition to being a documentary photographer, is also a filmmaker.

Her film “Garifuna: The Living Dance” has aired on television in the United States and the country of Belize.

Originally from Mississippi, she has lived in Lake Charles for over 20 years and is an assistant professor at McNeese State University in the deparment of Mass Communication. She has worked there for 19 years. She is a self described “adventurer,” and at one point in her life, spent ten years at sea. This is her third gallery exhibition of photos.


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