candid black and white photo of two men in a small space; one films the other two on his phone through a mirror

Talk: “The Foreign and the Familiar: Photojournalism as Visual Ethnography” by Chris Capozziello

Part of the CAS/MillerComm Lecture Series.

Chris Capozziello is an American photojournalist whose work has been published and exhibited worldwide.  Since he first picked up a camera as a teenager, Chris has been drawn to photographing his twin brother Nick, who has cerebral palsy.  The time Chris spends looking through his camera at Nick has forced him to ask questions about suffering and faith and why anyone is born with disability.  As family photographs, the images of Nick were not originally made to be shared, but they have since been widely distributed and are the subject of Chris’s first monograph, The Distance Between Us.  In this presentation, Chris will show his work and discuss how his photographs of Nick’s life, and of their shared life, have provided a reflexive space within which Chris has been able to recognize and process the anger and shame he felt growing up as the healthy twin.

The CAS/MillerComm public events series brings to campus people who offer unique cross-disciplinary contributions to the intellectual and cultural life of the university.

This Center for Advanced Study event is hosted by the Department of Journalism in conjunction with the College of Applied Health Sciences, Department of Media and Cinema Studies, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, Department of Psychology, Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services, School of Art+Design, School of Social Work, Spurlock Museum, and Unit One/Allen Hall.

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For further information, visit the Center for Advanced Study (external link) or call (217) 333-6729.

To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at or (217) 244-5586.