Hispanic Heritage: Cuban-born, award-winning photographer to visit MSU for special lecture series

Contact: Harriet Laird

Raul Touzon holds a camera
Raul Touzon (Photo submitted)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Renowned documentary and natural history photographer Raul Touzon is visiting Mississippi State on Tuesday [Oct. 18] for an immersive, vividly visual lecture series event.

The Cuban-born, Miami-based photojournalist is presenting “Two Pillars of Faith” at 5 p.m. in the Griffis Hall Forum Room 401C, sharing his documentation of seldom-visited spots around the world through the university’s Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures Lecture Series.

With centuries-old South American traditions and celebrations among his award-winning collection, Touzon will explore Mexico’s Day of the Dead and Semana Santa, or Holy Week, in Antigua, Guatemala. Both are colorful, elaborate and many times festive events that Touzon chronicled for more than a decade.

Also a full-time educator for more than 20 years, Touzon’s work has been featured by high-profile publications including TIME, U.S. News and World Report, the New York Times and National Geographic—the 133-year-old monthly magazine with which he has an ongoing affiliation.

The event is co-sponsored by the Shackouls Honors College, Department of Art, and the Spanish honor society Sigma Delta Pi. The Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures is online at www.cmll.msstate.edu.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, online at www.msstate.edu.