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Desmond Tutu

I recently had an assignment to photograph Desmond Tutu, the South African archbishop emeritus and winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize. Tutu, who won the Nobel for his work against apartheid, was the featured speaker at ceremonies ordaining and consecrating Bishop Ian T. Douglas as the new bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. More than 2,000 people attended the ceremonies held at the new Koeppel Community Sport Center at Trinity College in Hartford.

As Tutu was leaving the stage at the end of the ceremonies, he had to walk by a steel drum orchestra playing lively caribbean music. I saw another facet of the remarkable man’s charisma when the 79 year old archbishop danced and sashayed his way out delighting everyone around.

Here are a few more images from the event.

 May 1, 2010  Editorial, Events, People Tagged with: , ,

  7 Responses to “Desmond Tutu”

  1. Love the new blog, Al ;-))) Looking forward to more posts…

  2. WOW… I feel as though I was there!!! (and wish I were….) Al completely captured the essence of this event. My favorite: The women carrying the bowls!
    I have viewed all of his work on this site and feel he is truly an artist! From landscapes to people to product. Al captures life through his minds eye in a way I have never seen before. Thank you!

  3. My thoughts exactly Shirl. Al, you maintained the naturalness – the warmth – of the light at this event, remarkably. So many times I see others’ photos with un-natural lighting at large events, such as these. The images convey a warmth of the people enjoying this event. Yes Shirl, the women carrying bowls, with smoke, is stunning. Al, I can just see you smiling with joy when you saw Desmond Tutu dance-his-way- off stage, to the music. thanks for sharing these. frank

  4. I love the Desmond Tutu series. The photos capture the soul of the event. When I see your photos I think of all the great assignments we did together. It was always a pleasure to work with you.

    • Thanks Paul, always nice to hear from you. Yes, I also often think about the great jobs we worked on. Remember shooting Ansel Adams ? Gotta dig up those negatives someday and do a blog entry about the experience.