Photo Exhibition by President John Waterbury
|Far right: President Waterbury presenting
On June 1, Room 400 in West Hall witnessed the opening of an exhibition
of photographs produced by AUB President John Waterbury. Of the 54 photographs
on display, all but six were for sale. Waterbury explained the reason
why: they were taken in Bolivia, Cairo, Mexico, Turkey, and India, and
did not represent Lebanon in any way. The remaining photos, however, all
depicted Lebanese sites, both natural and man-made, and candid shots of
Lebanese people. Many of the photos had, in fact, been published in the
President's Calendar of 2005-2006.
Laila Baroody, president of the President's Club, spoke of how she had
convinced Waterbury, despite his objections, to exhibit his photos. She
also explained that all the proceeds from the sale of the photos would
go to the President's Club, to help provide scholarships and financial
aid to needy students.
President Waterbury then spoke briefly of how he happened to start taking
photographs one day and never stopped. He referred with passion to some
of the photographs he had taken, such as the one of the nude torso of
a man in India. "I intentionally cropped out the head of the man
before developing the picture, because the man's body was so very fit
that it was hard to believe it belonged to the head of a 70-year-old."
The president also pointed out that the colors in the photos were slightly
touched up to provide more depth and contrast, but that in every other
aspect the images were kept intact as shot. Thanking the members of the
AUB Art Center Committee and the President's Club for organizing the exhibition,
he especially thanked Marwan Sabban, head of the AUB Photography Department,
for the great job he did on enlarging the photographs and installing the
At the exhibition opening, Cesar Nammour, member of the AUB Art Center
Committee, revealed that henceforth Room 400 in West Hall would become
the venue for all future art shows organized by the center.