posted on October 4, 2007
Abdul Sinno, chair and professor of communication at Clarke College, and his son Rafic, know the Mississippi River like the back of their hands. They know the inlets and the outlets, the history and the landscape. Over the past few years, Sinno and his family have traveled the river from its origin in Lake Itasca, Minn., to the Gulf of Mexico, capturing a series of breathtaking panoramic photographs.
Photographic portrayal of the river can now be seen in the current exhibit, “Border to Border: A Journey of the Mississippi,” currently showing in Clarke’s Atrium Conference Room and running through October. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. An artist reception will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 1-3 p.m., during Clarke’s Homecoming weekend.
Sinno believes that this work is national in scope as it portrays the river across the 10 states from North to South. The panoramas, each printed on canvas, were each custom printed by Abdul and Rafic Sinno.
“This exhibit represents only about 10 percent of the photographs we have taken of the river,” said Sinno, who credits his family for assisting in the photo shoots. Last year, he published “Treasures of the Mississippi,” a collection of poetic reflections and panoramic photographs of the mid-Mississippi region.
Sinno hopes the book helps people see the beauty in everyday life. “You don’t have to travel thousands of miles,” he said. “There are so many beautiful things around you. Enjoy them.” Sinno is working on a second book about the Mississippi river.
For more information, contact the Clarke College Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.