Notre Dame College Exhibit Tells the Visual Story of Human Trafficking

Notre Dame College’s Clara Fritzsche Library hosts “Human Trafficking: Photographic and Poetic Reflection,” an exhibit that tells the visual story of human trafficking by Cleveland-area photographers Don Iannone and Carla Lovejoy.
An opening reception will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13 in the library. A gallery talk by the artists and Renee Jones, president and CEO of the Renee Jones Empowerment Center, will start at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will run through December 19.
The exhibit includes images from a joint photo shoot by Iannone and Lovejoy as well as a separate assemblage by Iannone, which is accompanied by his poetry.
Iannone studied photography at the University of Arizona and Cleveland State University. He is the author of four books of photography and three books of poetry and frequently lectures and leads workshops on photography.
“Photography has always been a passion of mine, and much of my work focuses on urban and rural landscapes,” Iannone said. “However, my greatest interest is in contemplative photography, which involves the conscious use of the photographic medium to promote personal and spiritual insight.”
Iannone is a member of the Cleveland Photographic Society and the Photographic Society of America and his work has exhibited in many venues across northeast Ohio, including the Beachwood Public Library, the River’s Edge Retreat Center, the Old Stone Church, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve and University Hospitals of Greater Cleveland. His photos have been purchased and displayed in a wide variety of corporate and hospital settings throughout the Great Lakes region and many have been used in local and national publications. One of his photographs was selected and in the 2014 Swiss International Photography Exhibition in Lausanne, Switzerland.  
Iannone is a board member of the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve and serves on the organizing committee for the Western Reserve Open Photography Competition sponsored by that organization. A resident of Bratenahl, he is also the founder of the Bratenahl Place Arts Forum. To view examples of Iannone’s work visit Visual Advantage Photography at www.visualadvantagephoto.com.
Lovejoy studied photography at Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga Community College and began her career as a professional photographer in 2004. Though best known as a wedding photographer, she is also a special event photographer and has worked photographing weddings and covering events in Northeast Ohio for the past 10 years. Her other specialties include photojournalism, family portraits and senior photos. She also has gravitated to using her photographic skills to promote awareness of social issues including human trafficking and homelessness.    
Lovejoy serves on the board of the Renee Jones Empowerment Center, which counsels and assists human trafficking survivors. Her photographs have been exhibited at Cuyahoga Community College, Solon City Hall and in local magazines. To see some examples of her work, go to her website: http://www.Lovejoyphotos.smugmug.com.
The exhibit may be viewed during library hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-10 p.m. For additional information, contact Karen Zoller at 216.373.5267 or kzoller@ndc.edu.

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