Jesuit-Hyphen-Photographer

Readers of America magazine are already familiar (whether they know it or not) with the work of Don Doll, the award-winning Jesuit photographer who teaches at Creighton University. His gorgeous photos have been part of our magazine for several years. Over the past several weeks, his photos of the inner workings of the General Congregation, have helped many feel almost like participants in GC35. His photos of the new Father General in the rooms of St. Ignatius, being read the qualities of a Superior General from the Jesuit Constitutions, shortly after Father Nicolas’s elections, were particularly moving--and unprecedented. What you may not know about Father Doll, the chief photographer of GC35, is that he has been at this for some time. As he notes on his website, "For over thirty years I have photographed among Native Americans beginning with the Lakotas on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota... in the 1970’s. The Yupik Eskimos along the Bering Sea, and the Athabaskans along the Yukon [both included on his website] were black-and-white essays for the National Geographic Magazine." Don has also worked with the Jesuit Refugee Service, victims of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, and several other Native American groups. His website shows why the visual is as important in communications as the verbal: "Don Doll at Magis" And of course that picture above is his. So is this one...
9 years ago
One of Father Doll's photographs hangs over our fireplace. For my wife, who attended school in Nebraska with Sioux Indians, it's a reminder of childhood friends. For me, it's a reminder of the dignity of these proud people and of the artist's role to see clearly and to show vividly.

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