Local photographer and professor Ron Herman will present his latest collection of work, "Messengers of Peace," at Foothill College's Appreciation Hall (Room 1501, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills) on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. The presentation will be followed by a reception and introduction to the exhibit at the campus' Krause Center for Innovation (on display through March 30).
Herman, who also teaches a course on "Photography of Multicultural America," said, "how we treat people is largely based on how we see them, and photography is the most popular form of representation in contemporary society." "Messengers of Peace" is the result of the 2016 Fulbright scholarship Herman received to study religious diversity in West Africa. The photographs depict life in Senegal, where the Muslim majority peacefully coexists with a Christian minority, focusing on the Muridiyya, Senegal's most influential brotherhood, which blends African customs with traditional Islamic practices. "Their doctrine consists of pacifism, prayer and work. I hope the images offer a counter narrative to the one-dimensional portrayal of Muslims that dominates mainstream media in the West," Herman wrote in a press release. "I hope my photographs help to challenge common stereotypes and misperceptions of Muslims," he wrote, "and that they contribute, even in a small way, to us celebrating diversity and treating each other with kindness."
He will also host a screening of the film "Touba" on Feb. 28 and and a gallery talk on March 8. Go to "Messengers of Peace."