'Fred Hollows: A global vision' photo exhibition in Melbourne
Melbourne residents can share the vision of late Australian eye surgeon, Professor Fred Hollows, at a new photo exhibition which opens at the City of Melbourne Library on Saturday 2 June.
Fred Hollows: A Global Vision is a four week exhibition that features the work of internationally recognised photographers, including Michael Amendolia whose series on Fred working in Vietnam during his last few months has come to symbolise the extraordinary life of one of our greatest Australians.
The rare exhibition of work also features photographs by Walkley nominee Brendan Esposito, as well as Hugh Rutherford, Lannon Harley, Jon Reid, Barry Skipsey, Ngoc Vo and Hanh Tran, who have documented The Fred Hollows Foundation's more recent work around the world.
Prior to his death in 1993, Fred Hollows dedicated every aspect of his life to eradicating avoidable blindness amongst some of the world’s most disadvantaged people. He was also a tireless advocate for Indigenous health equality here in Australia Fred Hollows: A Global Vision draws on Fred’s early work in outback Australia, where he led a groundbreaking campaign to treat and record eye disease in remote Aboriginal communities. Further afield, the exhibition highlights through pictures his instrumental role in introducing modern cataract surgery techniques and affordable eye care in Eritrea, Nepal and Vietnam.
In 1992, one year before his death, The Fred Hollows Foundation was established to continue Fred’s legacy. Now in its 20th year, The Foundation works in more than 19 countries around the world and has helped restore sight to millions of people.
The exhibition tells the story of just some of the people who have received this gift of sight through The Foundation, thanks to the support of generous Australians.
The exhibition is being held as part of The Fred Hollows Foundation’s 20th Anniversary.
Fred Hollows: A Global Vision Photography Exibition
City of Melbourne Library
253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Saturday 2 June - Friday 29 June
(Monday to Thursday 8am-8pm, Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12-6pm)
Manly Surf Lifesaving Club, South Steyne (corner Ashburner Street), Manly
22 - 28 October, 2012
Queensland Parliament House, Cnr of George and Alice Streets, Brisbane
20 - 31 August, 2012
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