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The Art of Humanity

Tuesday, September 7, 2004

The Lakes Art Center of Okoboji is pleased to announce the exhibit "Tapestry of Life: Photography by Howard Buffett" on loan from the Joslyn Museum, Omaha, from September 10 through October 23 with an opening reception September 10 from 6 to 8 pm. This exhibit is sponsored by the Pearson Art Foundation.

Mr. Buffet's interest in photography started almost 20 years ago on his family's farm. From the wildlife he could spot around the farm to more exotic animals in Africa, he became increasingly intrigued with photography and began to travel to all parts of the world to capture images of big cats and other beautiful and endangered creatures.

This type of travel put him at the heart of problems that impact both animals and humans. "The challenge of preserving wildlife while providing resources for people became more evident," he said.

He found this to be a problem everywhere that he would go in the world.

As he developed a better understanding of how this common thread wove its way through every part of the world, he could no longer go to a country just to photograph wildlife, he found.

In this exhibition he has used his camera to show individual stories and lives. "These images represent more than photographs - they are experiences. Some of these encounters have changed the way I view life," he said.

For the past ten years, Buffett has photographed people around the globe, and in the process has broadened his view of humanity.