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Internationally known photographer, videographer to speak at BHSU

This aerial image was taken by internationally known photographer and videographer Vincent Laforet at Coney Island, N.Y. Laforet will speak at 7 p.m., Sept. 3 at the Meier Recital Hall on the Black Hills State University campus. 
This Vincent Laforet image was taken at the top of the Chrysler Building in New York City. Laforet, an internationally known photographer and videographer, will speak at 7 p.m., Sept. 3 at the Meier Recital Hall on the Black Hills State University campus.  

Vincent Laforet, an internationally known photographer and trendsetter, will share his knowledge, passion and creativity during a free public lecture at Black Hills State University.

Laforet will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3 at the Meier Recital Hall at BHSU. The BHSU photography program will hold an open house in conjunction with the event. The public is invited to tour the photography department in Jonas Hall and view students’ work. Five exhibits will feature images from current and past BHSU students in Jonas Hall, Pangburn Hall and Meier Hall. The open house begins at 9 a.m.

Laforet works as a photographer, producer, director and videographer. He is a Canon Explorer of Light, a group comprised of dozens of the most influential photographers and videographers. His presentation at BHSU will focus mostly on his work with videography, in which Steve Babbitt, professor of mass communication at BHSU, said Laforet is a leader.

“Whether it’s still shooting or video, he’s always been on the cutting edge,” Babbitt said. “He’s a leader in technology. He’s a trendsetter.”

Laforet is a 2002 Pulitzer Prize winner for feature photography, a prize he shared with two other photographers as a member of The New York Times staff’s coverage of the post 9/11 events overseas. He’s completed assignments for national publications including National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek and Life, and has had his work profiled on CNN and Good Morning America. His work also was recognized by worldwide organizations including The Society of Publication Designers, The World Press Photo Awards, The Pro-Football Hall of Fame and The National Headliners Awards. He serves as a consultant with companies such as Apple, Adobe and Canon. In 2005, Laforet was recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Photography.”

Babbit said those that attend Laforet’s lecture will leave feeling inspired.

“You’ll think anything is possible,” Babbitt said. “When I look at his work, I say, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’”

To learn more about Laforet and view his work, go to

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