War photographer to speak at the Butler

War photographer and Youngstown native John Wendle will discuss his work in an art talk Sunday at the Butler Institute of American Art.

Wendle, a 1998 graduate of Ursuline High School, is an independent photographer, reporter and videographer based in Kabul, Afghanistan. He writes for Time magazine and is represented by Polaris Images. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Times (London), CNN, Channel 4 News (UK), Monocle, Marie Claire, Democracy Now, PBS and the BBC.

Butler Director Louis Zona said, “The Butler is honored to present this program by a distinguished photojournalist and reporter. John’s work extends a time-honored tradition of war reportage by American artists, including Walker Evans and Edward Steichen. His work is stunning.”

In Afghanistan, Wendle spent months reporting and photographing alongside Afghan and U.S. soldiers and Marines in some of that country’s most infamous battlefields. He photographed the victims of the war, multiple bombings and many attacks around Kabul.

Before moving to Afghanistan in 2009, he reported for Time in Russia, where he covered political and social issues as diverse as police brutality to Moscow and Fashion Week, as well as the 2008 Russo-Georgia War. Before moving over to Time, he was a staff reporter at The Moscow Times.

Wendle graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2007 with specialized course work in conflict reporting, business reporting and photojournalism. Before Columbia he was the deputy editor of the Caspian Business News in Baku, Azerbaijan, and served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer across the Caspian Sea in Aktau, Kazakhstan.

His work can be seen at www.johnwendle.com.

He will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Beecher Center Auditorium at the Butler, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown. Admission is free, but seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-seated basis.

For more information, call 330-743-1107.