Library program features Israeli photojournalist Gil Cohen-Magen

The Johnson County Library will host Gil Cohen-Magen, an Israeli photojournalist, whose photographs have graced the front pages of some of the world's leading newspapers and magazines. He will deliver his provocative lecture Shooting Under Fire at the Corinth Library, 8100 Mission Rd., Prairie Village, KS on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 at 3 p.m.

Cohen-Magen will discuss the challenges that he faced as a photographer with the international news agency Reuters as well as journalistic reporting and ethics. With a portfolio that ranges from the most violent scenes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to the closed world of ultra-Orthodox Hassidim, Cohen-Magen has captured the many faces of the Holy Land through his lens.

Since 2001, Gil has been working on a series of photo essays on the ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Jerusalem. Gil has been given exclusive access to observe and photograph the religious and cultural rites of these closed communities, ceremonies that have never been photographed before and have never been shown to the outside world.

A graduate of the Hadassah College of Jerusalem's Photography program, Cohen-Magen spent 10 years working with the Reuters news agency. One of his photographs was selected as one of the top 100 photographs of the decade. Cohen-Magen has exhibited his photographs in United States, Europe and in Israel.

Born in 1971, Cohen-Magen lives in the city of Modiin, Israel. He is also the author of Hassidic Courts, which contains exclusive images of the Hassidic communities in Israel.

Free and open to the public. For more information, call (913) 826-4600. No registration required.

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