April 29, 2005

Cal State San Marcos Kellogg Library Photo Exhibit Features Lives of Local Migrant Workers

The latest photographic exhibit to be displayed as part of the Context series in the Kellogg Library at Cal State San Marcos brings attention to the work and daily life of recent Hispanic immigrants and migrants in the region.

“Taking the Early Bus” features a series of black and white photographs by local photographer Leland Foerster. His hope is that these images will “promote a thoughtful dialogue in our community about immigration issues.”

The exhibit, brought to campus in collaboration with North County Health Services, was installed April 25 to reach both spring and summer semester students. The formal artist’s reception will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 19, 2005, on the Kellogg Library Plaza. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature a presentation by Foerster.

  The images in the exhibit show migrant workers in a variety of work and living situations. Foerster said that his goals for the project are two-fold. “Although I have no illusions that my photographs can change the world,” said the artist, “I hope that the Hispanic people who see my images will feel more self-esteem and be more engaged in the community. And, I hope that the other groups within our diverse society will show more respect and appreciation for the contributions from Hispanic immigrants and migrants.”

Leland Foerster is a native Californian and a long-time San Diego County resident. From 1974 to 1989 he worked as a film producer and cinematographer. In 1989 he began his own photographic business in order to devote more time to fine art photography.

Taking the Early Bus has been exhibited at the Ocean-side Library, Tri-City Hospital, the Vista Clinic, MiraCosta College. The collection will be on display at Cal State San Marcos through August. For library hours throughout the spring and summer, call 760/750-4340 or visit www.library.csusm.edu. Cal State San Marcos is located at 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road.

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