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341. Larry Towell

Photographer & Musician

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Larry Towell is a Canadian photographer and member of Magnum

Episode 341: I had the extraordinary opportunity to speak with legendary photographer Larry Towell about the re-publishing of his amazing book The Mennonites, published by GOST this past year.

Capul n (Casas Grandes Colonies), Chihuahua, Mexico, 1996. (Larry Towell/Magnum Photos)

Larry is a member of Magnum and one of the finest photographers working between monochrome, music, and the remarkable community of the Mennonites. Our conversation was short due to a mix of schedules, sleep deprivation, etc. Still, we managed to pack quite a bit into the episode about the new book, which is a beautifully printed and respectful tome on the religious community, which Larry goes to pain in explaining his making of the work.

Larry Towell, from the Mennonites, Magnum/GOST

Fortunately, Larry was able to provide some extra audio of the Mennonites themselves singing and performing. It is almost haunting in places. In other places, Larry can be heard playing guitar and adding an extra layer to the story of the Mennonites while also exhibiting what a badass the photographer is. I am a huge fan of musicians who also do a bit of photography, so this was a huge bonus episode for me. Please listen in. There is nobody else like Larry out there, and this work is incredible.


Larry Towell, The Mennonites, Magnum/GOST

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Music: Algiers, with their full permission
Editing: Adam Mead
Photograph Credit: Larry Towell for Magnum and GOST Books
Executive Producer: Brad Feuerhelm

Rights are reserved for Nearest Truth. No copies of this content are permitted without express permission from Brad Feuerhelm.

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