Barry Iverson ’74, who over the course of 25 years as a Time Magazine photographer covered such momentous events as the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and the takedown of the Taliban in Afghanistan, visited TASIS from September 28-30 as part of the 2015-2016 Senior Humanities Program.
Iverson addressed the TASIS community in the Palmer Center on September 28 and shared the story of his journey as a photographer, displaying and discussing many of the world-famous images that have defined his career, including portraits of Sadat, Muammar Gaddafi, Hosni Mubarak, Bashar al-Assad, Omar Sharif, and Princess Diana. Iverson’s impressive portfolio can be seen here, and his entire presentation can be watched at this link. (Because TASIS experimented with a demo version of a new live-streaming software, you will see a watermark on the screen at various points throughout the video.)
Iverson spent the following two days visiting TASIS photography classes, where he discussed his work in more detail and graciously answered questions. Students were grateful for the opportunity to converse with such an accomplished artist and many report that they have been inspired to experiment more with black and white portrait photography.
The Senior Humanities Program (SHP), which has been chaired by TASIS English Teacher and 11th/12th Grade Dean Peter Locke since 2012, will next welcome filmmaker Shelley Davies on November 30. The program draws from five defining elements of the TASIS identity–truth, beauty, goodness, international understanding, and humanitarian action–to provide seniors and postgraduates with a signature educational experience that includes a series of discussions, trips, lectures, and tours throughout the year.