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  • Writer's pictureDebbie Reinhardt

In-person MPC programming returns to Artists' Guild location

For the first time time in more than a year, MPC will return to the St. Louis Artists’ Guild gallery in Clayton on Aug. 7 for the program “Picture This: Her Self,” featuring photographer Marian Brickner and journalist Susan Fadem. The lecture also will be shared online via Zoom.

Brickner and Fadem teamed up in photo and word for the exhibit, Her Self,” (July 30–Aug. 28) to share what the eye sees in a photo, as well as what it learns about the holder of that simple gaze. They will use examples from the exhibit to tell how they connected Brickner’s 45-second portraits with revealing answers from Fadem’s five-minute interviews with 57 women, ages 63 to 105. The outcome is a statement that life is beautiful at any age, in any body.

Come or tune in to learn how to photograph people of all ages, using a phone or other gear, and penetrate beyond a subject’s lipstick and smile to capture an essence embodying attitudes, hardships and successes. You’ll also receive tips on how to elicit maximum “truths” using minimal interviews.

The 116-page book, Her Self, which contains a photo and quote from each woman in the exhibit, also is available through Amazon ($30).

Brickner estimates her photographs have appeared in “60 or 70” books, plus calendars, billboards, and in National Geographic Kids magazine. She also is a passionate wildlife ambassador. Fadem, an award-winning journalist, has more than 1,000 bylines during her five-decade career in newspapers, magazines, and as a freelancer.

Brickner and Fadem previously collaborated on a project depicting cats in their home settings as a benefit for Lift for Life Academy.

“Picture This: Her Self” will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild, 12 N Jackson. Coffee will be available; however, our usual service of a continental breakfast buffet will not be offered. The Artists’ Guild follows St. Louis County COVID protocol. For the Zoom program link, please email us at

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