Decorah Organization for Vegetarian/Vegan Education (D.O.V.E.) presents "One World Street Photography Exhibition" Saturday, Jan. 12, at noon, at the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center (NEIPJC) , 119 Winnebago St. in downtown Decorah.
D.O.V.E., led by Luther student Mara Dobervich ('13) is hosting the event.
The featured artist is Imsouchivy ("G.V.") Suos, a sophomore art student at Luther College. Luther students will provide live music and international food dishes for the potluck.
The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to bring a vegetarian or vegan dish to share for the potluck.
About the artist
Imsouchivy Suos is originally from Phnom Penh, Cambodia and is majoring in computer science and economics at Luther College ('15) . He also is a photographer for the Luther College Photo Bureau and works as a DJ for KWLC 1240 AM and KPVL 89.1 FM.
"I've been taking photos since I was young but it was all for fun," he says. "Until in 2009 when I first left home to study abroad (with a) scholarship for United World College in Hong Kong, I received my first digital camera and explored this form of art even more. At first I just wanted to record/log my journey around the world; but later on I found out that photography is not just a hobby but it's actually a passion."
A self-taught photographer, Suos works in many genres, including landscape, portrait andfashion.
"Even though I do many types of photography, my true passion is travel/street photography," he says.
During the past three years, he has visited more than two dozen countries, working as a volunteer on various projects and taking photographs.
In 2010 he started a blog and facebook page, which has amassed 130,000 views and 15,000 fans. That same year, he received an award from the National Geographic Traveler students' photo contest in the landscape genre.
Suos recently received a full scholarship to a street photography workshop in Manila, and his work has been featured in various photography blogs worldwide.
The photographs in the NEIPJC exhibit are available for purchase. Proceeds will go to Paigaam: A Message for Peace, which will use the funds to teach art to poor students in India.
For more information about the photographer and to view examples of his work, visit facebook.com/G.V.PhotoG or gvphotog.com