Experience the world through the eyes of an award-winning photographer whose career has brought her face-to-face, not just with violence and conflict, but also with surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit. Ami Vitale’s work has taken her to more than 90 countries. She’s lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit — all in keeping with her philosophy of “living the story.” Early in her career, her focus was on conflict, such as the war in Kosovo, and the tense border situation between India and Pakistan. National Geographic magazines have published her wide-ranging coverage of hand-drawn rickshaws and human-elephant conflict in India, to man-eating lions in Tanzania and snow leopards in Ladakh. More recently, Ami has turned her lens to the real-life drama of Sri Lanka’s political system and to the reintroduction of rhinos and pandas to the wild. Her photography of Kenya’s northern white rhinos, and the indigenous communities working to protect them, earned her World Press Photo recognition in 2015. Vitale’s career has taught her that stories about nature and wildlife are also stories about people — and that, at the same time, “you can’t talk about humanity without talking about nature.” She’ll share her personal odyssey, told through the images and adventures that have shaped her into one of the most talented and insightful photojournalists on today’s global stage.
This event is presented by the Seattle Symphony.
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Photo Credit: Ami Vitale