Second Tuesday Lecture + Steven Benson:
The Cost of Power in China: The Three Gorges Dam and the Yangtze River Valley
January 8, 2008 - 7:00 PMPhotographer Steven Benson will discuss his much acclaimed photo essay documenting 400 miles of the Yangtze River valley before the reservoir behind the Three Gorges dam filled in 2003 flooding 13 cities, 140 towns, 1,352 villages and forcing two million people to leave their ancestral homes. He will address, from an interdisciplinary perspective, the construction of the world's largest dam and the effect it has had on the valley's people and their way of life. A book of this work was published in 2006 by Black Opal Press with essays by A.D. Coleman and Dai Qing and a limited number of copies will be available for signing.
Steven Benson received a Masters Degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has received numerous fellowships and grants, including three Creative Artist Grants (Michigan Council for the Arts) and an NEA/ArtsMidwest Fellowship. Benson is in many private and public collections, including Museum of Fine Art (Houston), Detroit Institute of Arts, Bibliotheque Nationale (France), Centre Georges Pompidou, Museet for Fotokunst (Denmark). His recent exhibitions are FotoFest Biennial, Argentinean Biennial of Documentary Photography (2004), International Festival of Photography (Poland), Internationale Fototage Biennial (Germany, 2005), International Photography Gathering (Syria), Daegu Photo Biennale (South Korea), Lianzhou International Festival of Photography (China), Odense Foto Triennale (Denmark, 2006), retrospective FlatFile Galleries (Chicago, 2007), FotoFest 2008 Biennial. His book, The Cost of Power in China: The Three Gorges Dam and the Yangtze River Valley, with essays by A.D. Coleman and Dai Qing - interview by Jens Friis - was published by Black Opal Press in 2006.