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The show opened 3 April 2015.

struggle final show

Please come to this closing reception and gallery walk-through – refreshments include wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Struggles for Justice is the last show in the present gallery space.  The ¡Buen Vivir Gallery is moving to the first floor of the same location at 148 Elmwood Ave., in Buffalo’s Allentown. The Grand re-opening of the gallery will be on 7 August 2015 with a photo exhibit by Anne Petermann entitled Triumph Over Tragedy.

Anne Petermann is the Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project and the Coordinator of the international Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees.

 

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Earth First! and “Mud People” present a check to the 1990 Earth Day (Smurf Day) Committee in St. Louis, Missouri. Monsanto was the main sponsor of the event.

The action was the feature evening news story on a major television network affiliate in St. Louis with a reporter attempting to interview a mud person. An Earth First! “translator” fielded the reporter’s questions in English and then translated to the mud person in mud language; the mud person responded in mud language and then the Earth First! translator gave the answer to the reporter.

The above photo is part of Orin Langelle’s exhibit Struggles for Justice: Forests, Land and Human Rights  – Late 80s to Late 90s at Buffalo’s ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery in Buffalo, NY. The exhibit runs through 19 June 2015.

 

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Struggles for Justice: late 1980’s to late 90’s

This Photo Essay was completed in February 2014 in LaBelle, FL – during LaBelle’s Annual Swamp cabbage Festival – for a presentation at a Organizers’ Conference in a nearby forest camp (and for the web). The essay has been edited to produce the Photo Exhibit Struggles For Justice: Forests, Land and Human Rights – Late 80s to Late 90s.

Most of the photographs in the old essay, like the one below, are now in the new exhibit.

Exhibit Online Now 

-*34 Tas takeover02990009“Ned Kelly Bushrangers” drop banner on Forestry Commission Tasmania in Tasmania, Australia.  (1992)

The First International Temperate Forest Conference took place in Tasmania around the time the photo was taken.  The conference led to the formation of the Native Forest Network.

 

All photographs are copyrighted by Langelle Photography (2014), all rights reserved. No photo can be used without the consent of Langelle Photography.  See Publishing and Acquisition Information.

Why Copyright?  One of the reasons I copyright my photographs is to track where these photos are being used in order to monitor the impact of my work and evaluate the effectiveness of Langelle Photography, a nonprofit organization.

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Source: SEVEN DAYS

POSTED BY KEN PICARD ON TUE, APR 22, 2014 AT 1:16 PM

PHOTO COURTESY OF ORIN LANGELLE A climber on crane protests the construction of a hydroelectric dam on the Winooski River in solidarity with Vermont's Abenaki tribe. (1992

PHOTO COURTESY OF ORIN LANGELLE
A climber on crane protests the construction of a hydroelectric dam on the Winooski River in solidarity with Vermont’s Abenaki tribe. (1992)

Green Mountain environmentalists, social activists and just folks interested in compelling images of the struggle for justice should check out the new photo essay released Tuesday by former Vermont photojournalist Orin Langelle. Titled “Defending Earth/Stopping Injustice — Struggles for Justice: late 1980s to late 90s,” the historical photos trace various ecological and social justice battles waged in North America, including several in Vermont.

Langelle, a former Hinesburg photographer and social activist, was profiled by Seven Days’ Mike Ives in a February 20, 2008 story, “Shutterbuggin’.” He released the photo essay in honor of Earth Day 2014.

Langelle, 63, got his start in photojournalism in 1972 with an assignment to cover street protests outside the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach, Fla. Throughout the ’80s, he documented various ecological fights around the world. Then, in 1991, he cofounded the international Native Forest Network (NFN) in Tasmania, Australia, and ran its Eastern North American Resource Center in Burlington.

As Langelle told Ives back in 2008 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.”

Langelle points out in a written statement accompanying his work that many of the campaigns he documented over the years had successful outcomes. They include the global campaign to stop the killing of dolphins by industrial tuna fishing and campaigns aimed at the rescinding of the death warrant for political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, a moratorium on the aerial spraying of toxic herbicides on Vermont forests, the permanent cessation of all logging on Illinois state forests, and the end of construction of hydroelectric dams on Cree territory near James Bay, Québec.

Other photos that may be of particular interest to Vermonters are those involving the Abenaki’s struggle for state recognition in the 1990s (below). Langelle’s support for the Abenaki in the early 1990s, documented in this latest photo essay, led to his adoption as an honorary member of the Saint Francis-Sokoki band of the Abenaki in 1992.

PHOTO COURTESY OF ORIN LANGELLE Abenaki Chief Homer St. Francis (right), points finger at the judge who presided over court cases against Abenaki for their refusal to recognize the state of Vermont or the U.S. The judge told St. Francis that he was out of order and the chief replied, “No judge, you’re out of order.” (1991)

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Abenaki Chief Homer St. Francis (right), points finger at the judge who presided over court cases against Abenaki for their refusal to recognize the state of Vermont or the U.S. The judge told St. Francis that he was out of order and the chief replied, “No judge, you’re out of order.” (1991)

Langelle’s photos, which have appeared in publications as diverse as USA Today, the New York Times, the Progressive, the Christian Science Monitor and EarthFirst! Journal, were taken around the world, from the United States to Tasmania to England to Indigenous Peoples’ territories in northern Québec, Chiapas, Mexico, and the remote reaches of Nicaragua. Langelle’s photography is a project of the Buffalo, N.Y.-based Global Justice Ecology Project, which only recently closed its Burlington office.

Langelle, who spent more than two decades in Vermont before relocating to western New York state two years ago, has largely stepped aside from doing direct-action campaigns. He says he still gets out there once in a while to shoot images when the time is right and the need is there. And, as always, he makes no apologies for photographs that have a distinct point of view, both artistically and philosophically.

“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.”

View the photo essay here.

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