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Larry Towell

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During studies at Torontos York University, Larry Towell was given a camera and taught how to process film.

A stint of volunteering in Calcutta in 1976 provoked Towell to photograph and write. In 1984, he became a freelance photographer and writer focusing on the dispossessed, exile and peasant rebellion. He completed projects on the Nicaraguan Contra war, on the relatives of the disappeared in Guatemala, and on American Vietnam War veterans who had returned to Vietnam to rebuild the country. His first published magazine essay, Paradise Lost, exposed the ecological consequences of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaskas Prince William Sound. He became a Magnum nominee in 1988 and a full member in 1993.

In 1996, Towell completed a project based on ten years of reportage in El Salvador, followed by a major book, Then Palestine. His fascination with landlessness led him to the Mennonite migrant workers of Mexico, an eleven-year project completed in 2000.

With the help of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award, he finished a second acclaimed book on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in 2005, and in 2008 released the award-winning The World From My Front Porch, a project on his own family.