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Photographer will speak at Steeple Center

Annie Griffiths recently published a book about working as a globetrotting photographer while raising children.

Photographer Annie Griffiths has seen the world, not only through her camera lens but as a mother.

Through those experiences Griffiths has a lot to tell and by sharing her story she has become a popular speaker both nationally and internationally. She has been named one of the "Best of the Best Speakers" by the World Presidents' Association.

Rosemount residents will get the chance to hear Griffiths talk about her global adventures from 6 to 8:30 Feb. 23 at the Rosemount Steeple Center.

The Robert Trail Library, the Rosemount Area Arts Council and the city of Rosemount have partnered to put on the event. Librarian Lindsey Dyer said Griffiths will share a slideshow of her travels and talk about her work as a photographer. Additionally Dyer said Griffiths, who is a mother of two, will talk about life on the road as a mother.

Griffiths was one of the first female photographers to work for National Geographic. As part of that work Griffiths has photographed in more than 100 countries during her career. She has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for the National Geographic Society, including stories on Lawrence of Arabia; Baja, Calif.; Galilee; Petra; Sydney; New Zealand; and Jerusalem.

In addition to her magazine work, Griffiths is committed to photographing need around the world. She is founder and executive director of Ripple Effect, a collective of photojournalists who are documenting the programs that help poor women deal with the effects of climate change. Griffiths is a Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers.

At the end of the talk, residents will have the chance to ask Griffiths a few questions. Dyer said harpist Chris Ward will perform before the talk and refreshments will be available.

The event is part of the Minnesota Mosaic Series which is funded by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

"I think this is a good way to bring something different to Rosemount and it's a nice spotlight on what the funds can do," said Dyer.

Dyer said the theme of the series is Armchair Travel and that Griffiths fits perfectly with that theme. Griffiths has recently released her book "A Camera Two Kids and a Camel." The book follows her life through photographs as she travels the world taking pictures with her two children in tow.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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