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Oct. 30, 2007

Photos: Yvonne Adhiambo, left and Edward Carey, right

Portraits of the International Writing Program at Old Capitol Museum

The Old Capitol Museum is presenting an exhibit "The World Comes to Iowa:  Portraits of the International Writing Program" through January 2008. Featured in conjunction with "A Community of Writers: Creative Writing at the University of Iowa," the exhibit includes Tom Langdon's portraits of approximately 20 visiting writers from the International Writing Program (IWP) since 2002.

Langdon's idea developed in 2002 while photographing for Edward Carey's novel "Alva and Irva." Since then, Langdon has put out an offer every year to photograph the writers, usually taking their portrait in either the Iowa House Hotel, where writers reside for the fall, or Shambaugh House, the home of the IWP. In the past five years, Langdon has captured nearly 100 writers on film. The series has become a testament to the diversity of the writers who come to Iowa each fall.

"I look forward to meeting and photographing the writers every fall," Langdon says. "They tend to have very strong presences. Some of the writers have been through difficult ordeals, including imprisonment, national conflicts, or exile, and that comes through in their body language. There is a richness, a maturity in their faces and gestures that is very telling."

Langdon is a photographer at the UI Foundation. Previously, he has worked as a photojournalist, documentary filmmaker, and taught commercial photography at the college level.

The exhibit, which includes excerpts of the writers' work, is one of several that will be featured at Old Capitol in conjunction with the "A Community of Writers" exhibit.

All events at the Old Capitol Museum are free and open to the public.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kathrine Moermond, Old Capitol Museum, 319-335-0548,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Brittany Piehl