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Breaking Stereotypes Photo Exhibit Opens On Jan. 8


When you stroll past the upcoming photo exhibit by Dr. Michael Dibari Jr., a Hampton University professor, pause and linger.

Not because Dibari has snapped photos for many publications including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and The Albuquerque Journal. Linger by his solo exhibition, “Breaking Stereotypes” because Picasso said, “Every now and then one paints a picture that … serves as a stepping stone to other things.”

Of the Black and white photo exhibit opening that will be held at The Transit Gallery in Norfolk on Jan. 8, 2016, from 4 – 6 p.m., Dibari said, “With so much happening in our world today, dealing with the killing of African-American youth, this project speaks to a more positive note. We may look different but we are all the same.”

Dibari, who has worked for the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press, told the Baltimore Sun in 2002 that he tries to “capture the best picture possible that tells the story.” Rather than manipulating a scene by telling people where to stand, or waiting for the best light to come along before he shoots.

Dibari said he tries to live in the moment, predict behavior, and hope for the best.

Dibari is an endowed professor in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. He earned a master’s degree in visual communications and a doctoral degree in journalism at Ohio University.

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His exhibit will be held at the Transit Gallery located on the second floor of the HRT Southside Bus Operations Maintenance & Administration Facility, Building 4, 509 E. 18th St., Norfolk.

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