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Photographer Nate Larson to speak at NOVA-Woodbridge

On April 3 at 7 p.m. Nate Larson will discuss his photography in the theater at the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, 15200 Neabsco Mills Road, Woodbridge. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, email hwitmer@nvcc.edu.

Larson is primarily known for his collaboration with Rochester photographer Marni Shindelman on their Geolocation project. Their work tracked geotag coordinates associated with Twitter tweets and pairs the text with a photograph of the originating site to mark the virtual information in the real world. In 2012 they won a Public Art Commission from Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Working with sponsorship from CBS Outdoors, they secured nine digital billboard sites around the Atlanta metro area. They looked at tweets coming from a half-mile radius of the billboards, and the tweet text and their photographs were in rotation on the billboards for the month of October. They also produced two 15-second videos for the MARTA public trains, which aired on video screens for the same month. More than a million viewers in Atlanta saw the project. They also installed a six-channel video on the exterior windows of the Digital Arts Entertainment Lab at Georgia State University.

Larson is a full-time faculty member in the photography department at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. His work with photographic media, artist books and digital video has been widely shown across the United States and internationally. Numerous publications and media outlets have featured his projects, including the New York Times, Utne Reader, Hotshoe Magazine, Flavorwire, the BBC News Viewfinder, Frieze Magazine, the British Journal of Photography, Marketplace Tech Report, The Washington Post and Art Papers. Larson’s photoworks and artist books are included in the collections of the Portland Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Cleveland Institute of Arts, the Center for Photography at Woodstock and the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Society for Photographic Education.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.