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Loyalist Graduate Lana Slezic Publishes First Book

September 18, 2007

Lana Slezic graduated from the Photojournalism program at Loyalist College in 2000.  Since graduating, her work has taken her on amazing journeys across the globe, and her work has been recognized with a number of awards.

In 2004 she travelled to Afghanistan on assignment, and ended up staying in the country for two years.  This week, an exhibition of her photography opened in Toronto. On Saturday, her first book of photography, entitled Forsaken, will be launched.  It is a powerful work which documents the lives of Afghan women and children.

Dean Geoff Cudmore praised Lana’s accomplishments:  “The quality of Lana Slezic’s work is absolutely phenomenal,” he said. “The exhibition of some of the coloured prints from Forsaken is very moving; members of the public are welcome to visit the Toronto Image Works Gallery, 80 Spadina Avenue, where it will be on display until October 6th.”

College President Maureen Piercy added her congratulations.  “Lana is an outstanding professional, and we are very proud of her,” she said.

“Our Photojournalism program marked its 20th Anniversary earlier this year, and that event was a celebration of the program and of the many talented graduates who have developed their skills at Loyalist.  Lana is one of those gifted individuals, whose photography is deeply inspiring.”

Lana’s work has been published in TIME, The New York Times, Chatelaine and magazines across three continents.  In 2005 she was selected by an international jury as one of twelve young photographers worldwide to participate in the World Press Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam.  Since then she has received two International Photography Awards and Canada’s Society for News Design Award for her work on Afghan women.

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Media Contact:  Dianne Spencer, College Advancement & External Relations,

(613) 969-1913, ext. 2235; or Dr. Geoffrey Cudmore, Dean of Media Studies, ext. 2437.