Joey L Statement

Artist Statement
While Ethiopia's sky-heavy terrain leaves its residents engulfed by a jungle of impressions, myths and searing truths, their daily existence remains tinged with sociopolitical issues, a sense of spirituality, and an undeniable nearness to the animal world. "These exquisite images evoke in the most powerful and glorious way the place of origin of all humanity." -Wade Davis, National Geographic Explorer "Joey L. is an entirely new breed of photographer who brings photojournalism to the fine art arena. The dignity and beauty that he portrays in peoples of rapidly vanishing cultures are incredibly important in getting their message out to the world." —Dr. Peter Keller, President, Bowers Museum “Joey L’s subjects present themselves with an artistry which bridges the gap between them and the viewer. We see their frailty, and their pride and resilience in confronting our myopia, which condemns them as backward, dispensable, and moribund ‘primitives’. Joey L’s art penetrates their exoticism and shows us the sheer beauty of our shared humanity, with all its tragedy and hope.” Stephen Corry, Director, Survival International.

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