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Episode 614: Allowed to Grow Old w/ Isa Leshko

Episode 614: Allowed to Grow Old w/ Isa Leshko

Update: 2021-10-16
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The incredibly talented Isa Leshko joins the podcast this week for an inside look into her one-of-a-kind photography book, "Allowed to Grow Old: Portraits of Elderly Rescued Farm Animals." Isa’s black-and-white portraits of aging animals, members of species whose other members, numbering in the billions, are typically killed in their infancy, would make anyone think twice about what, or who, is on their plate. The vegan photographer shares how the project came to be, and how it helped her process grief and examine her fear of aging. Isa also talks about the ethics of photographing animals and how she learned, largely from the animals themselves, how best to approach the images as portraits. Her insights into why photography has become a critical part of advocacy help inform why her photos evoke such strong emotion and spark critical thinking.

Isa is an artist and writer whose work examines animal rights, aging, and mortality. Her images are published in The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, Harper’s Magazine, and The New York Times. In May 2019, the University of Chicago Press published her first monograph, "Allowed to Grow Old: Portraits of Elderly Rescued Farm Animals," including essays by activist Gene Baur, bestselling author Sy Montgomery, and curator Anne Wilkes Tucker. Isa has received fellowships from the Bogliasco Foundation, the Culture & Animals Foundation, the Houston Center for Photography, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Silver Eye Center for Photography.

View the full show description and resources here: https://www.ourhenhouse.org/2021/10/ep614/

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Episode 614: Allowed to Grow Old w/ Isa Leshko

Episode 614: Allowed to Grow Old w/ Isa Leshko

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