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Marlboro College Exhibits Photographs of
Post-Industrial America by Martin Desht

Marlboro, Vermont—Martin Desht, photographer, essayist and poet, will exhibit “Faces from an American Dream,” a collection of photographs illustrating America’s transformation into post-industrialization from Monday, September 19 to Friday, October 7 in the Drury Gallery at Marlboro College.

This exhibit, which has been traveling nationally since 1992, depicts the shift from an industrial economy to a modern service-and information-oriented economy in American cities and towns, with a focus on Pennsylvania. “For old industrial towns, many had to discover a new reason for being,” says Desht. His photographs poignantly show how the American dream has been re-defined for skilled and unskilled workers alike at the end of the twentieth century.

Before he began documenting post-industrial communities on a large scale, Desht worked as a steelworker in Pennsylvania until the late 1970s. His work has been widely displayed throughout the United States, and is in the collections of Harvard University and the New York Public Library, among others. Desht has contributed to many publications of collected photography and poetry, including the International Journal of Regional and Local Studies, Pennsylvania History and Center for Working-Class Studies. He has received awards from a range of organizations, including the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Illinois Humanities Council and the Puffin Foundation. Desht holds a M.F.A. from New England College and a B.A. from DeSales University.

Photographer Martin Desht and poet Franklin Reeve will give joint poetry reading on September 20 at 4:00 p.m. at the Drury Gallery followed by an opening reception for Martin Desht’s photography exhibit, “Faces from an American Dream.”

All exhibits are free of charge and open to the public. The Drury Gallery is fully accessible, and is open from Tuesday through Sunday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro has been selected as one of 40 Colleges that Change Lives. (http://www.marlboro.edu/news/promotional/change_lives.html).

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