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A Continuing Legacy: Cherel Ito Photojournalist

The historical importance of photojournalist Cherel Ito’s documentary film work has recently been made even more visible at the National Museum of Women in the Arts inWashington,D.C.  A permanent plaque, outside the entryway to the third floor gallery, has been … Continue reading

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Finding Inspiration in the Everyday

“Get up early to take photos of the marketplace…melons, pears, fish…bought bread from back seat of a car from a very happy man.” ~ Cherel Ito Many artists are stereo-typically said to be self absorbed in themselves and their craft, … Continue reading

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Open Doors and Open Heart

“The flowers in your eyes are more beautiful than those in the fields.” ~ Cherel Ito  From this quotation, it would seem that Cherel Ito was seduced by her subject’s eyes. However, it was not the eyes that held mystery … Continue reading

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Rooted in Musical History

“He played his fiddle and I wept.” ~ Cherel Ito  Much of the Ozark Mountain region is remote, and economically underserved. It is rich in musical history and in that geographical area of the country, much of the music is … Continue reading

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Learning from the Elders

“The beauty of simplicity – the simplicity of beauty.” ~ Cherel Ito  One only needs to look at the face of this woman, distinguished by age, to know that she has accumulated a lifetime of wealth – of wisdom and … Continue reading

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In Good Company

“Such energy and peace and steady with life. The rhythms feel good” ~ Cherel Ito  People travel in circles. Our careers, interests and hobbies, often determine our company of friends and associates. Our attraction to others can bring both positive … Continue reading

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One-of-A-Kind Soul and Spirit

“ My photography is committed to ….unrehearsed moments of human expression.” ~Cherel Ito  Cherel Ito’s work as a producer and editor in the filmmaking industry was a natural extension of her photography. Her interests led her to produce and edit … Continue reading

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Mysterious Natural Disasters

“Cholera outbreaks, temporary encampments, destroyed infrastructure, death and injury tallies 300,000, international aid arriving daily, food and water shortages, NGOs present by the scores and very hard-pressed to find images of happiness, fulfillment and contentment.” If Cherel Ito were to … Continue reading

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Documenting the Past

“..only two obstacles – camera broken and Indians refuse photos, But I take it all into my heart.” ~ Cheryl Ito Many of Cherel Ito’s photographic journeys took her to places outside of the United States. During the late 1960’s … Continue reading

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Art Books of Historic Importance

“Feeling of brotherhood and uplifting spirit – love and respect.” ~ Cherel Ito  Photographer Cherel Ito and photographer Edward Steichen were of the same ilk. Both knew how to capture through the lens of the camera, images of people all … Continue reading

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