The Photography of Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton is best known as an everyman spiritual leader, a Trappist monk in Our Lady of Gethsemani Abbey whose curiosity sent him around the world. Dr. Paul M. Pearson, director and archivist of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University, will be discussing Merton the photographer. The presentation, “A Geography of Holiness,” is part of the Frazier History Museum’s exhibition “Thomas Merton: A Familiar Stranger.” It will explain how his photography deepened his faith as well as enlightened viewers. “In facing the world of the [1960s],” says Pearson, “Thomas Merton searched for a new voice to break through the ‘emptiness and blindness of the heart of men who have gone crazy with their love for money and power and with pride in their technology.’” Merton called it “Zen photography.”


Frazier History Museum
6:30 p.m. | $5, free to members
829 W. Main St.

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The Photography of Thomas Merton

Jo Anne Triplett is the contributing visual arts editor at LEO Weekly. She’s a past member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Public Art, was the content advisor on the Glassworks Building video, and has written for Louisville Magazine, Kentucky Homes and Gardens and the national publication Glass Craftsman. Jo Anne came to Louisville from Washington, D.C. where she worked as a researcher and writer for the Smithsonian American Art Museum.



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