Projects May 6 - 28, 2005
Towell offers an intimate look into humanity. The exhibition included several series of work: the wreckage of the World Trade Center in NYC; the war-torn people of El Salvador; and the domestic scenes of Mennonite migrant workers of Mexico. Towell finds the dignity in each subject that he photographs revealing both terror and hope, violence and peace, and suffering and compassion.
Despite his membership in the prestigious Magnum Photos in New York, Towell is a modest artist whose business card reads ‘human being’. Born and raised in rural Ontario, Towell trained at York University before becoming a freelance reportage photographer. He has traveled extensively worldwide, including Calcutta, Nicaragua, Gautemala, Vietnam and Mexico, to capture the stories of the people. Towell is the inaugural winner of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award given in Paris in 2003.