Thursday, November 6, 2008

Tennessee Photographer John Guider Talk at State Museum: Nov 9

Tennessee Historical Society and the Tennessee State Museum
Third Annual Book Fair
at Tennessee State Museum

Sunday November 9, 2008

Several presenters will be participating in talks including...

John Guider
Tennessee photographer
The River Inside
3 PM

Tennessee photographer John Guider stepped into his 16-foot canoe on Spencer Creek in Williamson County five years ago and began his incredible journey. He canoed down the Harpeth, Cumberland, Tennessee, and Ohio rivers, before paddling the mighty Mississippi and arriving at his final destination of New Orleans. Guider completed the upper portions of the Mississippi in three subsequent solo canoe trips taken from 2005 to 2007.
In a journal chronicling his daily routine, Guider recorded the life he observed along the riverbanks and the details of what he felt were narrow escapes from life-threatening situations. The River Inside, is the title of both the State Museum exhibition and corresponding book that speaks to the resonance between life-sustaining water sources and human beings.
Guider's book is a compelling narrative of his life-changing journey, as well as a work of art, with high-impact photographs and graphics. With a cast of colorful characters, a series of near-deadly mishaps, a respect for the Mississippi as a wonder of nature and of commerce, and the wit and wisdom of a true poet, The River Inside is a one-of-a-kind tale.
At 3:00 p.m., Guider will present an account of his journey. Visitors to the book fair will be able to view Guider's exhibition, which includes 75 platinum prints from a selection of more than 10,000 images he took along the way, his canoe, river maps, and camera equipment. A short documentary film, distilling the essence of Guider's trips, produced by Brittany Hailes and Coke Sams of Nashville's Ruckus Film, complements the exhibition


The Tennessee State Museum is located at Fifth Ave. and Deaderick Street in downtown Nashville. Free parking is available on the weekends in the state parking lots to the north and west of the Tennessee State Capitol.

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