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OCU Hosts National Geographic Photographer

Ripple Effect
Photo by Annie Griffiths / Ripple Effect Images

Oklahoma City University will host a presentation and reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 19 for a National Geographic photographer who specializes in capturing images of women and children in challenging places around the world.

Annie Griffiths, who is part of the nonprofit Ripple Effect Images project, will discuss her work during the presentation in the Norick Art Center at OCU at 1608 N.W. 26th St.

“I don’t think one image can change the world,” Griffiths says in the opening statement of a promotional video for Ripple Effect Images. “But I definitely think that you make little cracks in the foundation.”

Griffiths will share powerful stories of women and children who have been helped by the nonprofit. Ripple Effect Images is a collective of world-class photographers who document aid programs that empower women and children globally. Ripple then donates the films and photos to help the aid groups raise funds.

Those who wish to attend the Oklahoma City presentation may RSVP with Heather Lunsford, director of OCU’s School of Visual Arts, via email at hklunsford@okcu.edu.

Griffiths is one of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic. She has covered women’s issues on six continents, and her work has also been featured in LIFE, Geo, Smithsonian, Time, Stern, and many other publications. Her books include “A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel” and “Last Stand: America’s Virgin Lands,” done in partnership with acclaimed author Barbara Kingsolver. Proceeds from the book have raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for grassroots land conservation.

For more than two decades, Griffiths has dedicated a portion of each year to documenting the important work of aid organizations. She has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, the Associated Press, the National Organization of Women, and the White House News Photographers Association. For more information about Ripple, visit rippleeffectimages.org.