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Carr photography on exhibit at Waldo Library

March 28, 2005

KALAMAZOO--On exhibit in the Upjohn Rotunda of Waldo Library at Western Michigan University are photographs by Kalamazoo photographer and WMU alumna Susan Carr.

"Personal Spaces" is a series focusing on the interiors of homes of people who have lived in the same place for 40 years or more. These photographs focus on the things people collect, display and live with. These objects tell a lot about the people who have lived in these homes for such a long period of time. Carr began this project by taking pictures of her Aunt Mildred's home in Jackson, Miss., which she has lived in for 49 years.

"Carr is very interested in the people who have lived in these homes for such long periods of time, but she does not photograph them directly," says David Isaacson, reference and humanities librarian. "The objects in the rooms she photographs evoke their owners without the viewer actually seeing them. One reason Carr is such a successful artist is that we are invited to participate in the act of imagining unseen things that seem all the more real because we don't immediately see them."

Carr graduated from WMU in 1985 with a major in art and a minor in sociology.

The free exhibit continues through April 30 and is open during normal library hours.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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