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Until July 1st: Capture Your Freedom Photo Exhibit, FDR Four Freedoms Park

Updated 19 weeks ago David Stone
Ryan Koopmans
Ryan Koopmans
Photo courtesy of Four Freedoms Park Conservancy

Late last winter and into early spring, Four Freedoms Park Conservancy invited photographers at all skill levels "...to use photography to explore the meaning of the four freedoms—freedom of speech & expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear—and the role these rights play in their lives today." From June 15th until July 1st, results will be on display in a free exhibit in FDR Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island.

"This photo exhibit exemplifies Four Freedoms Park Conservancy's mission to connect people to the four freedoms in inspired ways" said CEO Howard Axel, the Conservancy's CEO. "These photographs underscore an artist's role in our society to help illuminate the four freedoms over time and the need for a deepened commitment to achieving FDR's vision of universal human rights today."

Calli McCaw
Calli McCaw
Photo courtesy of Four Freedoms Park Conservancy

In pulling off this ambitious artistic effort, the Conservancy partnered with United Photo Industries (UPI), a pioneering Brooklyn-based producer of public photography installations.

According to a press release, "In celebration of FDR’s pivotal 1941 address, photographers were encouraged to explore the meaning and legacy of these freedoms— freedom of speech & expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear—and how they related to our lives today, answering such questions as: How do we achieve freedom? What does it mean to be free? How do defend freedom today?"

The first of its kind, "the exhibition will be presented on four large-scale photographic cubes corresponding to each of the four freedoms - freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear."

The participating artists are Ruthie Abel, Inbal Abergil, Patricia Ackerman, Kisha Bari, Susan Barnett, Sara Bennett, Paolo Bona, Valeria Bove, Vidhyaa C, Argus Paul Estabrook, Tom Finke, Carlos Gonzalez, Eliza Hatch, Louise Hon̩e, Ed Kashi, William King, Ryan Koopmans, Gioia Kuss, Jason Little, Liu Liu, Jorge Lopez Munoz, Calli McCaw, Marla Mossman, Fabian Muir, Cletus Nelson Nwadike, Hector Rene, Whitney Welshimer, Emma Williams, and Mohammad Zoyari.

To curate the exhibit, the Conservancy and UPI "assembled a panel of esteemed photo editors and human rights advocates, who offered their time, energy, and years of experience to this monumental outdoor exhibition.

Jorge Lopez
Jorge Lopez
Photo courtesy of Four Freedoms Park Conservancy

"The selection committee for Capture your Freedom was comprised of Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner, New York City Mayor's Office For International Affairs; Yvette Alberdingk Thijm, Executive Director of Witness; Nathalie Applewhite, Managing Director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting; Geoffrey Berliner, Executive Director of the Penumbra Foundation; Emma Raynes, Director of Programs at the Magnum Foundation; Maggie Soladay, Photography Editor at the Open Society Foundations in New York."

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