Ozark Forests Find Advocates At Webster University

Residents interested in the fight for trees may want to attend the film, “Shawnee Showdown: Keep the Forest Standing.” The documentary will show at 7 p.m., Feb. 18, at Winifred Moore Auditorium on the campus of Webster University. It documents a past battle in the 1980s and 1990s, when a dedicated group of activists fought on the ground and in the courts to stop clear-cutting, oil and gas drilling, and ATV use in the Shawnee National Forest located in Southern Illinois. Karla Armbruster, an English and Sustainability Studies professor at Webster University, was instrumental in bringing the documentary to campus. She cited some photos in the film that were taken by world-renowned photographer, Orin Langelle, who honed his talents in Webster’s media studies program.

February 8, 2022

The gallery will have the exhibit online Monday, 3 August 2020 – We hope to post the virtual exhibit opening that happened on Thursday, 30 July 2020, on Monday also

The Carabineros (Chilean National Police) used excessive violence against the protesters including shooting people in the eyes with rubber coated metal pellets fired from shotguns, sexual attacks on women prisoners, and excessive use of teargas and water cannons – especially targeted at medics helping those injured by the police. Since the murder of George Floyd, police tactics that focus on use of excessive violence against people rising up for justice is being seen across the U.S. Now Federal Police have been deployed in several U.S. cities. This is looking like police state actions and quite possibly could lead to martial law.

July 27, 2020

¡Buen Vivir! Gallery to Close, but Live Virtual Opening of “Chile: Peoples’ Uprising” Scheduled

Chile: Peoples’ Uprising, previously scheduled to open April 3, was postponed due to the pandemic. A live virtual opening is now planned for Thursday, July 30, starting at 1 p.m. Eastern, noon Central, 11 a.m. MST, 10 a.m. PST, 13:00 Chile. The virtual opening will feature photos and videos shot in November and December of 2019 in the ongoing peoples’ uprising in Chile. From Santiago to the streets of Temuco to Indigenous Mapuche land occupations in stolen Mapuche territory, the gallery’s founders Anne Petermann and Orin Langelle were in Chile during the uprising from mid-November to mid-December.

July 22, 2020

¡Buen Vivir! Gallery closing Elmwood Avenue space permanently

The activist-oriented gallery space will offer a final exhibit online with the July 30 opening of "Chile: Peoples' Uprising/An Exhibition of Images from the Front Lines" that will feature photos and videos shot in November and December of 2019 in the ongoing peoples' uprising in Chile. Gallery's founders Anne Petermann and Orin Langelle were in Chile during the uprising from mid-November to mid-December. Chilean activist Alejandra Parra from RADA in Chile, along with Biofuelwatch's Gary Hughes in California will join them online on the exhibition's opening night.

July 22, 2020

Listen – Discussions with David: Anne Petermann and Orin Langelle

David Rovics spends the hour talking with long-time organizers, founders of Global Justice Ecology Project, Anne Petermann and Orin Langelle. A wide-ranging discussion, we talked about the current historical moment as well as past historical moments, including the successful struggle against Hydro Quebec's dam-building project and other successful campaigns, the bombing of Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney, recent mass protests in Chile, and more.

May 20, 2020

Spree Magazine Previews: IMAGES OF UPRISING

The ¡Buen Vivir! gallery for Contemporary Art is happy to announce this upcoming exhibit. Photos and videos were shot in November and December of 2019 in the ongoing People’s Uprising in Chile. From Santiago and Temuco’s streets to the Indigenous Mapuche land occupations in the communities of Liempi Colipi and Quilape Lopez, Anne Petermann and Orin Langelle had the honor of being part of the uprising as documentarians. The Red Masks in Resistance movement photo below has history with the performance of !Un violador en tu camino! (The rapist in your path).

April 1, 2020

Buffalo Rising: First Fridays Revisited

RaChaCha writes: Recently, they were out of town for months covering Chile’s People’s Uprising, something of which most Americans remain ignorant due to scanty media attention. But Anne and Orin are working to change that, and will be opening a major exhibit of their own photo and video coverage of the uprising for April’s First Friday.

March 9, 2020

ARTVOICE: Chile: Peoples’ Uprising Images from the Front Lines at ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery

The ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art at 148 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, will present documentary photography and videography from the ongoing peoples’ uprising in Chile that started in October of last year. The images were shot by the gallery co-directors, Orin Langelle and Anne Petermann in the months of November and December, 2019 from the front lines of the uprising. The Opening Reception will be held during Allentown’s First Friday event on April 3 from 6 to 9 p.m.

March 6, 2020

Best of 2019 at CENSORED NEWS: Special thanks to Orin Langelle for live coverage from the protests and struggle for Indigenous rights in Chile

From 22 November to 16 December 2019 Orin Langelle was in Chile covering the people's uprising there. Much of his time was in Indigenous Mapuche Territory. Most of the trip brought together an activist documentary team of Alejandra Parra - RADA (Red de Acción por los Derechos Ambientales) based in Temuco, Chile; Gary Hughes - Biofuelwatch, U.S. and UK, Anne Petermann and Orin Langelle - Global Justice Ecology Project

January 15, 2020

Langelle’s “Portraits of Struggle and the Drivers of Climate Chaos” Exhibit at Forest and Climate Convergence this October – Watch Video

“Let’s face it climate change is here. Extreme weather is happening daily. Its going to get worse as the next decade or so progresses. Doom is not inevitable. Change is possible. The photographs in this exhibit document impacts of and resistance to climate change and false solutions, spanning five continents and more than twenty-five years,” said Langelle.

September 16, 2019

Langelle interviewed for upcoming Convergence in southern Illinois

This is a draft for the Orin Langelle's Convergence outreach video. Orin has been a Concerned Photographer and activist for over 50 years documenting the struggles and triumphs of communities impacted by environmental destruction, economic domination and social injustice. Listen as Langelle explains why he is going to the Resurgence: 2019 North American Forest and Climate Movement Convergence.

September 10, 2019

7 things you may want to know about the Shawnee National Forest, in its 80th year

This article appeared in the Sunday edition of The Southern on March 24, 2019. Although I am mentioned only briefly, I believe this is a good explanation of why I went to southern Illinois and gave a presentation at SIU-C. I was fortunate enough to photograph the 79 day occupation by activists opposed to a timber sale in the Shawnee National Forest in 1990. That occupation was historical and needs not to be forgotten.

March 24, 2019


Photo of the Month - Global Justice Ecology Project co-founder Orin Langelle was interviewed on WDBX community radio's Greenhouse Rebellion prior to a public presentation of his photo collection Portraits of Struggle at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale on 19 March 2019.

March 23, 2019

The Southern: Photographer unveils photographs of pivotal Shawnee Forest protests

For 79 days, activists camped out on an access road, blocking the timber harvest. The encampment attracted local, statewide and national attention, as dozens were arrested and one demonstrator was injured by a logging truck, according to the Chicago Tribune. Throughout it all, Langelle documented their struggle.

March 14, 2019

NEWS Southern Illinois University: Photojournalist to present his work on Shawnee National Forest logging protests

Award-winning photojournalist and environmental activist Orin Langelle will share his images from Shawnee National Forest protests of more than two decades ago as part of a presentation this month at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.Langelle will present “Portraits of Struggle: Using the power of photojournalism to expose social, economic and ecological injustice”

March 8, 2019

Street Photography Magazine post on Portraits of Struggle (plus six more exhibits)

Street Photography Magazine is the place for street shooters to showcase their work. It’s a window into the world of experts to learn from them firsthand. And it’s a tool to share tips and techniques to reach the next level in creativity and technical skill...Orin Langelle’s work is of a photojournalistic style...This is an excellent show to see if you are looking to improve your documentary photography.

March 7, 2018

Jack Foran reviews Langelle’s Portraits of Struggle in The Public

Jack Foran: "And as matters and situations that cry out for protest and resistance, but tucked away in remote areas of the globe, may have gone unnoticed and undocumented except for Langelle's photos. Such as the series on the concentration camp where Ayoreo indigenous people of the Chaco forest region in Paraguay were interned..."

February 20, 2018

East Aurora Advertiser Feature on Portraits of Struggle

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January 19, 2018

Langelle’s ‘Riot Clown’ centerfold image for week of Jan. 17 – 23 edition Buffalo’s The Public

The Public is an alternative newsweekly which publishes 35,000 copies each Wednesday in Buffalo, New York, United States. It focuses on Buffalo-area art, music, culture, and politics. The Public was founded in 2014. The Public features locally created art on its covers and in weekly centerfolds. The paper is distributed for free throughout the Buffalo-Niagara region. In addition to the print version, all of The Public's content is available at their website, www.dailypublic.com.

January 17, 2018

Spree Magazine Previews: Portraits of Struggle

Orin Langelle’s Portraits of Struggle at CEPA's FLUX Gallery (1st Floor) opens with a reception with the award winning photographer and activist on Friday, January 26, 2018 from 7-10 p.m. With 136,000-plus readers, Buffalo Spree Magazine is a national-award-winning monthly magazine and Western New York’s only city and regional magazine. Now in its 47th year of publishing, Spree focuses on the arts, entertainment, fine dining, local history, local events, and local people.

January 4, 2018

CEPA: Orin Langelle’s Portraits of Struggle

CEPA Gallery is pleased to present, Portraits of Struggle, a selection of photographs spanning four decades by award winning photographer and activist Orin Langelle. An opening reception with the artist will take place on Friday, January 26, 2018 from 7-10pm. Orin Langelle’s new exhibit, Portraits of Struggle, captures the efforts of people striving for justice all over the globe. Langelle’s photographs record a wide range of topics, cultures, ecosystems and geographies. From rebel territory behind military lines in Chiapas, Mexico, to the front lines of protests against the World Bank, G-8 and other bodieeof economic control...

January 1, 2018

LANGELLE PHOTOGRAPHY Awarded Top 50 Photojournalism Blogs & Websites in 2017

Some of the other sites noted in the the Top 50 include: Lens | New York Times | Photography, Video and Visual Journalism - Big Picture | The Boston Globe - The Atlantic | Photo - BBC News | In Pictures - Los Angeles Times | Photography - Getty Images | Photojournalism. "This is the most comprehensive list of best Photojournalism blogs on the internet and I’m honoured to have you [LANGELLE PHOTOGRAPHY] as part of this! I personally...thank you for your contribution to this world." - Anuj Agarwal

September 29, 2017

Video: Orin Langelle speaks out against GE trees in Chile (Entrevista destacada Orin Langelle: contra los árboles Transgénicos en Chile)

This video by Miguel Hechenleitner was taken on the last day of a grueling tour in Chile. This footage was shot in Indigenous Mapuche Territory. Most of my time was spent documenting the worst fires in Chile's history. They started in industrial timber plantations. I was pretty worn out when Miguel did this video.

June 13, 2017

Spree Magazine Previews: Are Humans Disappearing?

MAY 5th - Opening Reception for "Are Humans Disappearing" by photographer Orin Langelle takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. on First Friday at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery in Buffalo at 148 Elmwood Avenue. The theme of the exhibit is the possibility of human extinction if serious steps are not taken.

April 20, 2017

L’Œil de la Photographie: The End of the Game, Revisited

Langelle's photographs accompany article featured in English and French. MARCH 10, 2017 - WRITTEN BY ANNA WINAND - Cornell Capa's assistant at The International Center of Photography in New York.

March 10, 2017


Langelle is featuring photos he took inside and outside of the 1972 Republican convention, as well as photos from the 2004 Democratic and Republican conventions. The exhibit opened on October 7thand there is a daily stream of visitors coming in to view the work.

December 16, 2016


This week’s Earth Watch guest on the Sojourner Truth radio show is Orin Langelle, co-founder of Global Justice Ecology Project. Langelle is a photojournalist and the Director of the Buen Vivir Gallery for Contemporary Art in Buffalo, NY.His current exhibit, timed to coincide with the Presidential election, explores people’s reactions to modern-day elections, and the other forms of action available to people who want change.

November 3, 2016

The Public – At Buen Vivir: “If Voting Changed Things”

This is essentially the same article that ran the weekend prior by Dave Reilly in CounterPunch. For many, Langelle’s work will be shocking because it lays bare the evolution of policing and the criminalization of dissent.

November 2, 2016

CounterPunch – Complete the Sentence: an Exploration of Orin Langelle’s “If Voting Changed Things…”

To view photojournalist Orin Langelle’s new online photography exhibit If Voting Changed Things is to accept a challenge. Don’t expect a passive viewing of simple, aesthetically pleasing photography or a mindless stroll through apolitical eye candy. The challenge should be apparent from the title of the exhibit: It is a riddle, a fragment, an incomplete sentence awaiting your contribution.

October 31, 2016

Spree Magazine Previews: If Voting Changed Things

In her October 2016 preview of the exhibit [at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery] in Buffalo Spree, Editor Elizabeth Licata quotes gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson about the 1972 protests, “There is no anti-war or even anti-establishment group in America with the psychic leverage of the VVAW. Not even those decadent swine on the foredeck of the Wild Rose can ignore the dues Ron Kovic and his buddies have paid. They are golems, come back to haunt us all…”

September 23, 2016

Spree Magazine Previews: Climate Change, System Change, Personal Change

With 136,000-plus readers, Buffalo Spree Magazine is a national-award-winning monthly magazine...Now in its 45th year of publishing...The photograph featured at the beginning of the March 2016 Spree‘s “On the Town” section below was taken by Romanian photographer Bogdan Bousca from the Critical Information Collective. It is part of the Climate Change, System Change, Personal Change show at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery. Langelle has six photos in this exhibit.

April 1, 2016

GreenWatch: Interview with Orin Langelle

The following GreenWatch: Interview with Orin Langelle was published 15 December 2015 by The Public in Buffalo, NY, prior the closing reception of "The End of the Game – The Last Word from Paradise, Revisited" & Solstice Party on 17 Dec 2015

December 15, 2015


Artvoice Weekly Edition (11/05/2015) Art Scene Review "Photographer Peter Beard revisited at iBuen Vivir! gallery" by Jack Foran, who writes, "in the 1960s, working at Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park, Beard photographed and documented the demise of more than 35,000 elephants and 5,000 Black Rhinos"

November 11, 2015

Spree Magazine Previews The End of the Game

In October 2015 Spree Magazine, Editor Elizabeth Licata writes, "In 1977, at the International Center of Photography, controversial photographer Peter Beard, had a one-person show of his images from Africa, and Orin Langelle, director of the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery was there. It was attended by...Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Kurt Vonnegut, Lauren Hutton and other. Langelle spent months photographing Beard"

October 1, 2015

Review of Struggles for Justice Photo Exhibition

Jack Foran writes in the July 11, 2015 Artvoice, "The targets of the protests to which Langelle’s photos bear witness range from roadway expansion schemes in London, England,...to Hydro-Quebec plans for hydroelectric production facilities on Cree Indian lands in northern Canada, to a protest against the Tasmanian Forestry Commission, Australia, an agency that is supposed to protect forests from rapacious practices of commercial timber interests..."

June 11, 2015

Ecology & Environment: Activist and Photographer Orin Langelle

Jay Burney writes in The Public (1 April 2015), "His [Langelle's] personal philosophy is built on challenging the corporatization of policy agenda by governments, corporations, and the economic elite that they represent. He characterizes globalized economic development schemes—promoted as solutions to poverty, economic discrepancy, and climate change—as 'false solutions.'"

April 1, 2015

Spree Magazine Previews: An Allentown gallery celebrates activism April 2015

"'Work is not a job to make others wealthy, but for a livelihood that is sustaining, fulfilling, and in tune with the common good.' This is the motto (in part) pf a newish local gallery, ¡Buen Vivir!, located at 143 Elmwood Avenue. Photographer is curator of the space..." - Elizabeth Licata, Editor

April 1, 2015

Documenting resistance before cell phones, 9/11 and social media

EXHIBIT PREVIEW: STRUGGLES FOR JUSTICE - From: Step Out Buffalo - BY BRETT SMITH / ART, CULTURE & ARTS / MARCH 31, 2015: "The rise of social media and the ubiquity of mobile devices allow us access to protests around the world and in real time. However, just 25 years ago – only photographers like Orin Langelle could give society a glimpse of the regional protests taking place in the forests of the MidWest or slums of England"

March 31, 2015

REVIEW – Climate Killers: Orin Langelle’s photos at ¡Buen Vivir!

by Jack Foran from The Public Nov. 18, 2014: "Photojournalist Orin Langelle’s exhibit at his new ¡Buen Vivir! gallery at 148 Elmwood in Allentown takes on two enormous issues: world climate change—along with the criminality of its associated corporate denial and delay tactics—and the official media’s so-called objectivity.'”

November 18, 2014

Review: ¡Buen Vivir! – Climate Change: Faces, Places & Protest

Published on November 3rd, 2014 | by AMBER POTTER, GROWWNY "In October, I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening of Orin Langelle’s gallery, ¡Buen Vivir!, which showcased the exhibit 'Climate Change: Faces, Places & Protest – Photos from the front lines.' The gallery proved to be a very powerful, eye-opening experience about the effects that climate change has upon people all the world over"

November 3, 2014

Human rights photographer opens Allentown gallery

October 2, 2014 in the GUSTO section of The Buffalo News: "Buffalo-based photographer Orin Langelle has documented social and environmental justice movements for more than 20 years, training his lens on marches and protests around the world. And now, he’s putting his work on display in a new Allentown gallery...The ¡Buen Vivir! gallery opens its doors for the first time at 6 p.m. Friday at 148 Elmwood Ave. "

October 2, 2014

Former Vermont Photojournalist Releases Earth Day Photo Essay of Ecological Struggles for Justice

“I take my responsibility as a concerned photographer very seriously,” he says. “The myth of objective journalism, where the truth must be counterbalanced by the untruth, has no place in a just society, especially when corporate propaganda already dominates so much of the media.” ...with his characteristic bluntness, while he can certainly enjoy a well-composed nature photo, “I can also look at a beautiful Ansel Adams photograph and ask, ‘Where the fuck is the beer can?’ Because things usually aren’t that clean anymore.”

April 22, 2014

Artist of the Month – September 2013 – Orin Langelle – Buffalo, NY

Orin Langelle-I received an email 30 August 2013, from Melody Hay, Assistant Editor, TheArtList.com, saying, ‘I found your work to be very fascinating... I would love to offer you the opportunity to be showcased as TheArtList.com’s September 2013 Artist of The Month.’ Joseph Hollinshead, Editor, TheArtList.com stated, ‘This month we are very excited to showcase Buffalo, NY artist, Orin Langelle, as the September 2013 Artist of the Month… his interview and photography are fascinating and inspiring:’

September 1, 2013

ARTVOICE, BUFFALO SPREE, and THE BUFFALO NEWS: GUSTO previews Chiapas: Resistance and Renewal

ARTVOICE (June 20 - 26, 2013) Photojournalism and Indigenous Art at Casa de Arte / BUFFALO SPREE (June 2013) Preview/Chiapas in Allentown / The Buffalo News: GUSTO (June 20 - 27, 2013) Focus on Chiapas

June 1, 2013

VT’s SEVEN DAYS interview with Langelle: Shutterbuggin’

Langelle says. “Because art is life, and I think it’s the responsibility of an artist to be . . . I mean, how many political art shows are there in Burlington? Not many. I don’t think they’re accepted.” Back in the days of Dada, he says, art embodied a fierce rejection of World War I and the society that spawned a pointless conflict. Photographer and art patron Joseph Stiglitz was known for “his anarchistic thoughts, and for trying to show a political view of what was going on, that it wasn’t just pretty landscapes.

February 20, 2008