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Foto Fest 2018’s Topic is INDIA

Michele Wambaugh

Michele Wambaugh

HOUSTON – “I’ve been waiting years for this FotoFest,” said fine art photographer, Michele Wambaugh. Since 2000, she has taken annual trips to India with her husband, Dr. Krishna Dronamraju. “India is my second home,” she says. Wambaugh’s FotoFest 2018 exhibition, “Faces of India” opens March 10 – April 22 at University of Houston, Sugar Land inside Brazos Hall. There will be a Gala Reception on Thursday, March 22, 6 – 9pm with poetry, dancing and catered food. This is a free FotoFest / City of Sugar Land sponsored event, open to the public.
Wambaugh has specialized in capturing portraits of women and children in India since 2003. This includes many tribal groups in their home villages in the Araku Valley, Nilgiris Mountains and Rajasthan. In addition, she has photographed many Indian celebrations in Houston. Her favorite holiday to photograph is Janmashtami.
Previous exhibits of “Faces of India” include: a Retrospective Exhibition in Beijing, China, which was opened by Nirupama Rao, then Ambassador from India; Texas Museum of Asian Cultures, Corpus Christi, TX and The Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts. Parts of this portfolio were featured in several issues of Asian Photography Magazine, Mumbai; Indian newspapers and Peterson’s Photographic Magazine, USA. Long before these exhibits, Wambaugh’s other series, backstage with performers, were exhibited in many museums and art centers on both East and West Coasts of USA and in New Delhi. Her early work was featured in almost all photo magazines in North America and Europe, various books and newspapers. Due to difficult techniques used, three of her art portfolios were published in Canon Camera’s Technical Magazine.

During her many trips to various centers of India, Wambaugh has sought out art departments of universities, where she has given many lectures and helped students. Her female students were especially interested in what it is like to be a woman photographer. Wambaugh has been honored with Visiting Professorships at Osmania University, Hyderabad and Utkal Culture University, Bhubaneswar. She is a lifetime member of Marquis Who’s Who in American Art.
Michele Wambaugh’s website is: www.michelephoto.com

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