Photographing Farm Animals Allowed to Grow Old
Isa Leshko in conversation with Dr. Keri Cronin
July 31, 6:00 p.m.
Salem Athenaeum —Online
The Salem Athenaeum and Salem Literary Festival welcome award-winning artist, writer, and activist Isa Leshko for a live online discussion about her book, Allowed to Grow Old: Portraits of Elderly Animals from Farm Sanctuaries published by the University of Chicago Press. She will be joined in conversation with art historian Dr. Keri Cronin.
For nearly a decade, Leshko traveled to farm sanctuaries across America to create intimate portraits of farm animals who defied all odds to reach old age. To create these portraits, she spent hours with her subjects, gaining their trust and putting them at ease. In this discussion, Leshko will discuss her approach to photographing animals and what her time spent with rescued farm animals taught her about aging, resilience, and empathy.
Drawing upon Cronin’s research on the intersection of visual culture and human-animal relations, this discussion will also explore the ways in which photography has reflected and shaped cultural attitudes towards animals throughout its history.
Purchase signed copies of Allowed to Grow Old through Copper Dog Books and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Salem Literary Festival.
Fundraiser to benefit Salem Literary Festival.