Photographer Ara Oshagan to Discuss Projects on Radio Show

Southern California photographer Ara Oshagan will be a guest on a new radio show called Pacific Drift on FM 89.3 KPCC.

The show–a mix of culture–art–and life airs 9-10 pm every Sunday night. Oshagan will be featured this Sunday–February 13–at 9:30–to talk about his various photography projects. A story on Armenian chess players in Glendale will be aired immediately before Oshagan. The program will also address prison guards turning against the guards. Oshagan’s projects–one on the Armenian community and the other which documen’s the lives of juveniles being tried as adults–provides the linkage for Sunday’s show.

For more information on the program visit: www.scpr.org/programs/pacificdrift/#

The show will can also be heard on-line anytime after the show: www.scpr.org/programs/pacificdrift/#

Ara Oshagan–a documentary photographer–began documenting survivors of the Armenian genocide in 1995–a project that evolved to also include oral history and is now called The Genocide Project with an exhibit called iwitness. Working with photographer Levon Parian and a team of oral historians–this work was exhibited at the Downey Museum of Art in 1999 and garnered national attention–being the main feature in an NPR Morning Edition story. His recent major exhibit–called Traces of Identity–documen’s the Armenian immigrant experience of Los Angeles. It is currently on display at the LA Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park. Oshagan has also been working in collaboration with Chance Films and Community Transitions on a project to document high-risk juvenile offenders being tried as adults in California. His photos have been published in the Los Angeles Times Magazine–Austin Statesman–the LA Independent Newspapers Group–the UCLA Daily Bruin–and the Armenian International Magazine. National Public Radio–Los Angeles Times–KCET-TV–KPFK radio–the Daily News–and a number of local Los Angeles papers have featured his photography in stories.

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