AUSTIN, Texas—A collection of photographs by award-winning British photographer Sean Sprague is being exhibited at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at The University of Texas at Austin.
“Changing Lives: Photographs by Sean Sprague for the Inter-American Foundation,” is on view and open to the public on the first floor of the Benson Latin American Collection.
Since 1977, Sprague has captured grassroots development in action for the Inter-American Foundation (IAF). Sprague’s work shows the recipients of the IAF’s development assistance in their homes, schools, neighborhoods and workplaces. This exhibit shares his insights into some of the more than 4,600 projects the IAF has funded over the past 35 years.
The IAF, an independent U.S. government foreign assistance agency, promotes local development in Latin America and the Caribbean by awarding grants directly to the organized poor and the groups that support them. Over the years, the IAF has relied on photography to document the agency’s efforts and put a human face on the beneficiaries of IAF programs.
“Changing Lives” will be on view at the Benson Collection through January 2007.
To learn more about how the IAF and its grantees have improved conditions in communities throughout Latin America, visit the Inter-American Foundation Web site.
For more than 80 years the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection has exemplified The University of Texas at Austin’s commitment to create and maintain a specialized research library dedicated to the culture and history of Latin America and of U.S. Latinos. Part of the University of Texas Libraries, the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection is in Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 1, on the east side of campus at the northwest corner of Red River and Clyde Littlefield Drive (formerly Manor Road). Parking is available in Lot 38, adjacent to Sid Richardson Hall, with entry from Red River Street.
For more information contact: Ann Hartness, head librarian, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, 512-495-4520.