Photojournalist, activist and educator Jim Loring will deliver the annual Ragsdale Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. in Wilson Lecture Hall of Goolsby Center on the YHC campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Loring’s photographic experience spans more than 25 years and 65 worldwide assignments. Loring’s work seeks to tell the human story through universal themes such as healthcare, environmental concern, food and water programs, education, and the challenges of war and conflict.
His current big screen presentation and exhibition, “The Independent Thinker,” spans the globe with images and stories from more than 15 countries. He tells of the excitement of meeting Tuareg nomads and sleeping under the stars in Niger, of losing the film and then reshooting an entire assignment in Ethiopia, and nearly falling from a helicopter while on assignment in Albania. These stories all lead to the same theme: the struggles of those living on the edge and what is being done to bring an end to the poverty that daily claims the lives of 16,000 children.
Selected as one of four educators to revise the photography standards for Georgia, Loring currently teaches photojournalism and a wide range of other photography courses at North Georgia Technical College in Clarkesville, Ga. He also regularly presents “Earthbound Photography Workshops” focusing on camera skills and composition throughout the region.