Child of the Sun Series Returns with Celebrated Photographer

Feb 8, 2022

by FSC Staff

Florida Southern College’s Child of the Sun Distinguished Speakers Series returns with a look at life through a camera lens.

Vaunted commercial and fine art photographer John Pinderhughes will deliver a talk using his photographs from his more than 50-year career. The lecture entitled, “Understanding One Another: Storytelling and the Human Experience” will happen at 7 p.m. on Feb. 9 at Branscomb Auditorium.

The Child of the Sun Distinguished Speakers Series brings speakers of national and international renown to the Florida Southern College campus and Lakeland community several times a year to explore some of the most compelling issues and events of our times. Featuring highly regarded experts, the series aims to provoke thought, stimulate conversation, and inspire action on a wide range of topics.

Pinderhughes’ commercial work is best described as “real people” and “illustration” photography. Major advertising agencies, record companies, magazines and major corporations are among his regular clients. Recent projects include Publix Super Markets, Sony, Verizon, BMW, Chase Bank, Anheuser-Busch, Canon and American Express

Pinderhughes’ fine art photography explores variations in pattern, texture, light and line. He has been widely exhibited and is represented in major collections; including The Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University, The Museum of Modern Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Detroit Institute of Arts, and The Ringling Museum.

Along with Pinderhughes’ talk at Florida Southern, his work is also currently on display at the Polk Museum of Art through Feb. 24.

Pinderhughes is the first Child of the Sun Distinguished Speakers Series guest since February of 2020, but Dr. Sarah Fletcher Harding, the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Florida Southern, hopes that she can secure one or two more speakers this year.

“To bring an amazing speaker to campus in a safe way for our audience and speaker, it’s so important for us to do that,” Fletcher Harding said. “We’re very excited to have John Pinderhughes as our first speaker. He’s going to talk about his own journey in photography interwoven into some of his photographs. Just to hear him talk about his own life experience is fascinating.”

Pinderhughes’appearance will require a mask to be worn in Branscomb. The talk is open to the public.