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Santa Monica College Pays Tribute to Slain Artist, Photojournalist, Activist Dan Eldon

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SANTA MONICA, CA – The Santa Monica College Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery presents “JOURNEY: Images of War/Celebrations of Peace,” a powerful tribute to the late Dan Eldon, a young artist and photojournalist whose images of war-torn and famine-stricken Somalia reverberated throughout the world.

"Boy with Gun." (Photo Credit: Dan Eldon, via MarketWire)

"Boy with Gun." (Photo Credit: Dan Eldon, via MarketWire)

The traveling exhibit contains not only photographs taken in Somalia, but also large reproductions of the collages he created in his journals, as well as art supplies and personal belongings. The exhibit continues through March 21.

In the summer of 1993, Eldon, who was on location covering the Somali conflict for Reuters, was asked by Somali locals to photograph destruction caused by the mistaken bombing by the U.N. of what they believed was the house of a warlord. Amid the ruins, and the frenzy that ensued, Eldon and four other journalists were stoned to death by the enraged mob. Dan was 22 years old when he died.

Eldon’s mother and sister, Kathy and Amy, who both reside in Los Angeles, continue to honor Dan’s legacy and spirit through their foundation, Creative Visions Foundation (http://www.creativevisions.org), which supports creative activists like Dan who use media and the arts to create awareness and inspire positive change in the world. CVF sponsors the traveling exhibit and also provides vital assistance such as mentoring, networking and financial support to other creative activists.

“JOURNEY: Images of War/Celebrations of Peace” has toured six countries and has been opened by more than four heads of state, including the President of Kenya and former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson. Journalist Dan Rather opened the show at Columbia University and Tom Brokaw spoke at Duke University when the exhibit opened there.

Gallery information can be found here.

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