Barbara La Valleur: Hola, Cuba! An International Photojournalist's Perspective
- April 6th - May 13th
- Reception: Saturday, April 8th, 3-5pm
Saturday, April 22nd, 2-4pm: “How I Went From Being a 15-Year-Old Owner of a 1937 Chevy in Battle Lake, MN to Being an Award Winning Photojournalist in Bensheim, Germany”
Saturday, May 6th, 2-4pm: “My 55-Year Journey as an International Photojournalist” Bring a photo and learn about La Valleurs BEST SIMPLE, EASY TO FOLLOW TIP for improving your own family and vacation photographs as well as other tips on where to look for photos that stand out whether using an iPhone or a Nikon.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Lake Region Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.
Barbara La Valleur, a native of Ashby, and a graduate of the Class of 1963 Battle Lake High School, MN, will feature photographs from a recent trip to Cuba. La Valleur has culled 5,000 images she shot in Cuba down to about 50. The country’s raw beauty and current struggles are represented by photos of crumbling buildings, old cars, feral and unexpected animals, the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean and the delightful work of artist Salvador Gonzalez Escalona.
Her photojournalism career covers two continents and over 50 years. Her career included positions as editor of Carib Magazine in the US Virgin Islands; chief photographer of The Daily News in Wahpeton-Breckenridge; 20 years in Europe where she was a “Freiwillige Fotojournalistin” for seven newspapers in Germany.
In 1994, she returned to the US and spent several years freelancing for the Women’s Press as well as an international nursing magazine and continues to freelance.
She has been a member of the Edina Arts and Culture Commission for six years and recently resigned as Chair of Public Art Edina. Barbara is a member of Evansville Arts Coalition and Art of the Lakes. She and her husband, Arnie Bigbee, have resided in Edina for over 10 years and she is one of the La Valleur sisters who own La Farm near Ashby.