Time photojournalist John Wendle to share images of Afghanistan Jan. 20 at the Butler

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Time magazine photojournalist John Wendle’s images of Afghanistan. Electronic image by John Wendle.

The Butler Institute of American Art will present an art talk by internationally-known photographer John Wendle at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20 at the museum’s Beecher Center Auditorium.

Wendle, a native of Youngstown, is an independent photographer, reporter and videographer based in Kabul, Afghanistan. He writes for TIME and is represented by Polaris Images photo agency.

Wendle’s work has been featured in various other media outlets including: TIME Magazine, TIME.com, The New York Times, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Times (London), CNN, Channel 4 News (UK), Monocle, Marie Claire, Democracy Now, PBS, BBC and the UN, among others.

In Afghanistan, Wendle spent months reporting and photographing alongside Afghan and U.S. soldiers and Marines in some of that country’s most infamous battlefields. He photographed the victims of the war, multiple bombings and many attacks around Kabul.

Before moving to Afghanistan in 2009, he reported for TIME in Russia, where he covered political and social issues as diverse as police brutality to Moscow and Fashion Week, as well as the 2008 Russo-Georgia War. Before moving over to TIME he was a staff reporter at The Moscow Times.

Wendle graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2007, with specialized coursework in conflict reporting, business reporting and photojournalism.

Before Columbia, he was the deputy editor of the Caspian Business News in Baku, Azerbaijan and served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer across the Caspian Sea in Aktau, Kazakhstan.

Wendle is a 1998 graduate of Ursuline High School and attended the Montessori School of Mahoning Valley. He is originally from the West Side of Youngstown.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and will be on a first come, first served basis.

“The Butler is honored to present this program by a distinguished photojournalist and reporter. John’s work extends a time-honored tradition of war reportage by American artists including Walker Evans (1903-1975) and Edward Steichen (1879-1973). His work is stunning,” said Butler Director Dr. Louis Zona.

More of his work can be seen at http://www.johnwendle.com and his work can be followed on Twitter @johnwendle.

The Butler Institute of American Art, founded 1919, is the first museum structure built specifically to house a collection of works by Americans. The Butler’s collection exceeds 22,000 individual works including paintings, drawings, sculpture, photographs, prints and digital objects. For further information, visit butlerart.com or contact Kathryn Earnhart 330-743-1107, ext. 123 or email info@butlerart.com.

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The Butler Institute of American Art will present a lecture by Youngstown native and Time  photojournalist John Wendle on Jan. 20 at the museum in Youngstown.

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