Larry Towell/ Larry Towell

Canada 1952

Photography

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Larry Towell
Larry Towell
Male
Canada
1952

Photography and poetry are similar in many ways. It’s not a strong relationship between the disciplines but is there is a tight one between the sensibilities. One of the greatest photographers of all times, Larry Towell is a visual poet indeed. He only shoots in black and white, and the accent is on the story. Working in some quite problematic areas of the globe, he had found himself in quagmires more times he could count. Palestine, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, all of them were seen and captured in a unique way. People, conflicts, emotions, everything that had some story to tell was immortalized. What makes him stand out among other great photographers is his love for home, his family and the land he grew on. Those feelings are so strong that one entire series is dedicated to, simply said, home.

The artist is a visual poet

Larry - CANADA. Lambton County, Ontario. Noah TOWELL, who has a fever, laying in an uninstalled basement window well in the spring season. His dog Banjo is barking. Two cats and Isaac's playpen, 1995 (detail), press about photo books
Larry Towell – CANADA. Lambton County, Ontario. Noah TOWELL, who has a fever, laying in an uninstalled basement window well in the spring season. His dog Banjo is barking. Two cats and Isaac’s playpen are on the front porch of the farmhouse, 1995 (detail)

Poet, Writer and a Magnum

His experiences as a poet and a folk writer influenced his style of photography. A minimalist approach was chosen, and by shooting exclusively in black and white, the artist knows how to emphasize the story. Even the names of the photographs contain, other than the standard year and location, a short description of the moment captured. The words are a short version of the photograph, summarizing the picture in one sentence or in a short paragraph.

Joining the Magnum, the world’s most prestigious photo agency, was a life-changing for Towell. Strict rules for new members made him a Magnum nominee in 1988, and after five years and two more revisions of his work, he finally became a full member in 1993. Other members had left an impact on the artist, both professionally and personally. Alex Webb, Sesan Meiselas, Gene Richards were some of the members who helped him in the process of editing, and they played a significant role in forming his distinct visual language. Josef Koudelka is another member Towell respects greatly, his dedication and the fact his work is non-commercial. Koudelka’s support meant so much to Larry, and it still does. In fact, the very act of joining Magnum was so important that the artist admits he probably wouldn’t be a photographer today, at least not a good as he is. Turning a poet into a photographer, that was all Magnum’s credit.

Joining Magnum, the world’s most prestigous photo agency was life-changing

Larry - EL SALVADOR. San Salvador. Child with star mask during Day Of The Dead. Other child in background rolls tire for repair in garage where he works at an adult's job. 1992 (detail), a photo in multiple books
Larry Towell – EL SALVADOR. San Salvador. Child with star mask during Day Of The Dead. Other child in background rolls tire for repair in garage where he works at an adult’s job. 1992 (detail)

Afghanistan

The agency contacted Towell in 2008 about a project in Afghanistan. It was (and still is) a dangerous place, so he would have to be embedded with the British military. Since he just completed work in Palestine, the artist said he don’t want to see the country for the first time with an embed, so he went there on his own. Before seeing what was happening militarily, Larry wanted to explore the social problems. He was always interested in a connection between people and the land. In this situation, casualties of war weren’t only those who were dead or wounded, but all those who were forced to flee from the rural areas into the cities with absolutely no means.

Towell traveled to Afghanistan five times between 2008 and 2011, shooting both photographs and videos, documenting the variety of social issues that were hurting the people – the war and conflict, poverty, problems with drug addiction, all the way to the prevalence of land mines, many of being the remnants of the Soviet occupation in the 80’s. This series is truly exceptional because the artist approached the work from multiple perspectives, so we can see ordinary Afghan people, cityscapes, weaponry, recreation, addiction and both US and British soldiers as well as rare portraits of Taliban warriors. The book containing the photos from this series is quite unusual, with all fibre prints and color prints taped to the page. It also has pencil writings, the words from Towell himself. All-together, it’s a deep analysis of the conflict through his eyes.

The project was made possible with generous financial support from Mary Ann, Frank Arisman, Magnum Foundation, The Fledgling Found and the Rosenthal Family Foundation.

Social problems always came before military ones

Larry - AFGHANISTAN. Village elder and daughter with US military in Kunar Valley, 2010 (detail), video and photo in canadian books, contact press for new contact information
Larry Towell – AFGHANISTAN. Village elder and daughter with US military in Kunar Valley, 2010 (detail)

Around the World

The artist is known for working on several projects at the same time, and most of them took years to finish. El Salvador series took ten years before it was completed in 1996, and the Mennonite migrant workers project in Mexico was an eleven-year project that was completed in 2000. In 1997, his first book on the Palestinians was published, and the second one came in 2005, with the help of inaugural Henri Cartier-Bresson Award, both of which were highly acclaimed. As mentioned before, other than conflicts, Towell was very interested in the people, their everyday lives, customs and traditions. Problems they faced on a daily basis, struggles they had just to put some food on the table. Not strictly photojournalistic, his pictures and themes captured always seem to carry some message. Sometimes it was documentary and informational, very often it was a cry for help, a cry many could hear, but a few actually did something about it.

Several projects at the same time

Larry Towell - ISRAEL. Ramallah. West Bank. Palestinian demonstrators in clash with Israeli soldiers. One child has just thrown a rock with a home catapult, 2000 (detail)
Larry Towell – ISRAEL. Ramallah. West Bank. Palestinian demonstrators in clash with Israeli soldiers. One child has just thrown a rock with a home catapult, 2000 (detail)

Raw emotions and spite spilling out of a Palestinian child, collective grief on a funeral of another young man, a civilian killed in protests, prostitutes in South America, transvestites having AIDS. The artist developed a certain connection with every single situation, and with each person captured, he felt the pain of them all, their fears and their struggle. He wanted to tell a story about all of them and right there lays the secret of his success and uniqueness of his work.

Larry Towell - West Bank. Nablus. Funeral of Adnan Dweikat, civilian killed in protests, 2000 (detail)
Larry Towell – West Bank. Nablus. Funeral of Adnan Dweikat, civilian killed in protests, 2000 (detail)

It’s All About the Family

It would be a shame if the artist had managed to tell so many stories about people from all over the world, but not his own, the story of his family and the land he grew on. The world from my front porch is so much more than a mid-career retrospective and a collection of chosen images from the Larry’s personal archive. In fact, it is well thought and a project that certainly evokes emotion on a different level from the rest of his work. The main theme is the importance of belonging and the true value of family. Wars and violence have been dominant in his previous work, but this is where the artist really shines out. Placed and surrounded by family, the artist is emphasizing the values many have lost in the modern days. In a way, his work around the world has defined him, but he became the person he is because of his family.

There are three parts in the series, first is a historical archive of documents, photographs and found objects that show the past of his Ontario farmstead. Many of these pictures were taken by his mother and his grandmother, who he considers being a better photographer than himself. The second part is a collection of images from the artist’s life, portraying his family for over twenty years, and the third is another collection, this time of his projects as a Magnum’s photojournalist. These are the three elements that shaped Towell into the man he is today. The series has a subtle message of no matter how much the work is important, family will always be No. 1. It presents an almost sentimentalist ideal that reinforces all the values the home possess and just how precious the family is.

Values of home and family mustn’t be forgoten

Larry - CANADA. Lambton County, Ontario. My oldest son Moses TOWELL eats a wild pear while Ann sits behind the wheel of a 1951 pickup truck. It's the family's only vehicle. I bought it as junk, 1983 (detail)
Larry Towell – CANADA. Lambton County, Ontario. My oldest son Moses TOWELL eats a wild pear while Ann sits behind the wheel of a 1951 pickup truck. It’s the family’s only vehicle. I bought it as junk for $200 and fixed it up on my own, 1983 (detail)

People and Their Stories

Larry Towell was born in Chatham, Ontario, in 1953. He studied Visual Arts at York University in Toronto, after which he volunteered in Calcutta where he began photographing. It could’ve been a much different path as he didn’t really pay much attention to photography when he was younger. Studying visual arts, it certainly wasn’t his ambition to become a photographer. It sounds weird since photography was a part of visual studies, but it wasn’t photojournalism, it was art photography, which Towell never cared about. It’s always been about people and their stories.

In the beginning, he was more interested in poetry and writing than being a photograph. Poets and writers were funded by the government, photography wasn’t. There were no Canadian photographers, and the whole area was stagnant. Then he went to India and got interested in the questions of wealth distribution and the balance of power. In the 80’s he went to Central America, and that’s when and where he became quite serious about the photography. Suddenly, it was people’s lives at stake, and photography provided an excuse to simply be there and interact with the people, hearing and capturing their stories. He was inspired by those folks, standing up for themselves, against oppressors and dictators. At this time, he was more of a writer, carrying tape recorders with him interviewing people.

After returning home, he didn’t quite know what to do with his work. So he found about Magnum, and after one phone call sent them his pictures. Member gathered for an annual meeting and decided to invite Towell to join. It was a turning point in his career, but his parents, who were working class and never traveled anywhere, couldn’t grasp the significance of this invitation. They had eight children and were somewhat poor, living on a small farm. Fortunately enough, because of their low income, the artist got a lot of student assistance, of which half were grants, so he went to college.

He is also a musician, the sound was always very important to him, and he always collected it. His first project was recording people talking and taking their testimonies. Then he began carrying a video camera and tapes. The artist was working in multimedia before it was even recognized under that name. In these days, there are expectations that every still photographer must also be a multimedia.

He didn’t pay much attention to photography when he was younger

Larry - PERU. Lima. Transvestite. Commercial sex worker. 1:10 gay men are HIV positive in Peru, 2005 (detail), contact press regarding the new video book of photo and photos in books
Larry Towell – PERU. Lima. Transvestite. Commercial sex worker. 1:10 gay men are HIV positive in Peru, 2005 (detail)

Larry Towell understands news photographers, but could never be one. Deadlines, short life of those pictures, constant running to fill daily quotes, all of that is the exact opposite of the artist’s essence. Projects take years to complete. They provide a unique insight in specific countries, areas and people. War, violence, death, life, emotions, everything is there, clearly shown in pictures. Sometimes they will bring us sadness, sometimes joy, but they will always trigger an emotional response in viewers. It’s an amazing accomplishment made by the pioneer of the Canadian photography.

During the many years he worked (and he plans to work many more, retirement is not an option), Towell risked his life, but the risk has paid off. Independent source of information was presented to the world, and the silenced voices were finally heard. One could only wonder where work will take Larry next, and what amazing photographs will he shoot this time. It isn’t easy with all those expectations, but he never did it for the sake of money and awards. Sure, they feel good and make further work possible, but it’s the people who were always in the focus of his work. People and their stories are presented in a form of visual poetry, captivating from the first moments eyes are laid upon it.

It feels only appropriate to finish with a quote from the artist himself: “There are two things everyone is in the world: one of them is a photographer and one of them is a poet.”

He is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto, Canada.

Larry Towell is based in Lambton County, Ontario, Canada.

Feature image: portrait of the artist, photo credits Aaron Vincent Elkaim.

All images copyright © Larry Towell/Magnum photos.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014AfghanistanStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
2014UnknownHunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN, USAGroup
2014UnknownThe Reach Gallery Museum, Abbotsford, BCGroup
2014UnknownMOCA Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida, USAGroup
2013Larry TowellWilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, GermanySolo
2013UnknownForte di Bard, ItalyGroup
2013UnknownAgnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, ONGroup
2013UnknownNational Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ONGroup
2013UnknownCentro de Extension, Santiago, ChileGroup
2013UnknownMonash Gallery of Art, Victoria, AustraliaGroup
2013Fotofestiwal LodzPolandGroup
2013UnknownSala Gasco Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago, ChileGroup
2013UnknownLa Galerie de l’Instant, Paris, FranceGroup
2013UnknownMount St. Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, NSGroup
2013UnknownThe National Gallery, Ottawa, ONGroup
2013UnknownWilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, GermanyGroup
2012Danger and AftermathMuseum London, London ONSolo
2012Close to HomeMichael Gibson Gallery, London ONSolo
2012Larry TowellRoyal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ONSolo
2012Larry Towell and Donovan WylieCONTACT Festival Feature Exhibition, Royal OntarioGroup
2012UnknownMuseum, Toronto, ONGroup
2012UnknownVisual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NYGroup
2012UnknownLumiere Brothers Centre for Photography, Moscow, RussiaGroup
2012UnknownPalau Robert, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2012UnknownHangaram Museum, Seoul, South KoreaGroup
2012UnknownThe Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USAGroup
2012UnknownSydney Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2012UnknownFoam, Amsterdam, NetherlandsGroup
2011UnknownPerpignan, FranceGroup
2011UnknownLes Recontres d’Arles, FranceGroup
2010DwellingsStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
2010UnknownAfrican American Museum, Oakland, CAGroup
2010UnknownVancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BCGroup
2010UnknownAsahi Mullioin Gallery, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2010UnknownUnited Nations, New York City, New YorkGroup
2010UnknownBcc Berliner Congress Centre, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2010UnknownAfrican American Museum and Library, Oakland, CAGroup
2010Engaged ObserversGetty Center, California, USAGroup
2009Larry TowellMcDonough Museum Of Art, Youngstown, OhioSolo
2009UnknownPont de la Machine, Geneva, SwitzerlandGroup
2009UnknownMatadero Madrid, Madrid, SpainGroup
2009UnknownStenersen Museum, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2009UnknownCONTACT photography Festival Gallery, Toronto, ONGroup
2009UnknownAra Pacis, Rome, ItalyGroup
2008The World From My Front PorchStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
2008The World From My Front PorchGeorge Eastman House, Rochester, NYSolo
2008UnknownAccueillie par le Musee de l'Homme, Paris, FranceGroup
2008UnknownVancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BCGroup
2008UnknownPath Palace, Buxelles, BelgiumGroup
2008Access To LifeCorcoran Museum Of Art, Washington DCGroup
2007Larry TowellUniversity Of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington KY, USASolo
2007Larry TowellArthur Ross Gallery, Pennsylvania, USA Solo
2007NicephoreClermont-Ferrand, Puy de Dome, FranceGroup
2007UnknownMuseum London. London, ONGroup
2007UnknownArt Gallery Of Windsor, Windsor, ONGroup
2007Paris Photo FairLe Louvre, Paris, FranceGroup
2006Larry TowellLe theatre de la photographie et de image, Nice, FranceSolo
2006Larry TowellFOAM, Amsterdam, HollandSolo
2006Larry TowellGalerie Zola, Aix-en-provence, FranceSolo
2006UnknownNobel Peace Center, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2006UnknownMuseum GEO-CHARLES, Echirolles, FranceGroup
2006Remembering 911- 1Liberty Plaza, NY, NYGroup
2006UnknownLazienki Park, Warsaw, PolandGroup
2005Larry TowellStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
2005Larry TowellFondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris, FranceSolo
2005Larry TowellL'Espace Malraux Scene Nationale de Chambery, Chambery, FranceSolo
2005ProjectsMichael Gibson Gallery, London, ONSolo
2005Paris Photo FairLe Louvre, Paris, FranceGroup
2005UnknownLeica Gallery, NYC, USAGroup
2005DfphotoSan Sebastian, SpainGroup
2005Cervantes FestivalAlca de Henares, SpainGroup
2004Larry TowellAlice Austin Museum, New York City, USASolo
2004UnknownOpen Society Institute, New York City, USAGroup
2004UnknownVancouver Image Works Gallery, Vancouver, BCGroup
2004UnknownPhiladelphia Museum Of Art, Philadelphia, USAGroup
2004UnknownMichael Gibson Gallery, London, ONGroup
2004UnknownThe Museum Of The City Of New York, NYC, USAGroup
2003Larry TowellFestival Fotografia, RomeSolo
2003Larry TowellThe Caixa Forum, Barcelona, SpainSolo
2003Larry TowellOratorio del Caravita, Rome, ItalySolo
2003Larry TowellPresentation House, Vancouver, BCSolo
2003Larry TowellKunsthalle Erfurt, Erfurt, GermanySolo
2003UnknownCaixaforum, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2003The Fleeting MomentFundacion Agnellion, Torino, ItalyGroup
2003UnknownMuseo Nationale del Cinema, Turin, ItalyGroup
2003PaceMacgill Gallery, NYC, USAGroup
2003UnknownThe Leica Gallery, Prague, Czeck RepublicGroup
2003Paris PhotoParis FranceGroup
2003UnknownFundacion la Caixa, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2003UnknownCatherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, USAGroup
2003UnknownPictou Gallery, Toronto, ONGroup
2003UnknownWeltkulturerbe Voelklingen Hutte, GermanyGroup
2003UnknownThe Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, Paris, FranceGroup
2003Aperture At 50Sothebys, NYCGroup
2003UnknownThe Photographers Gallery, London, UKGroup
2002Larry TowellCanada House (Canadian High Commission) London, UKSolo
2002Larry TowellLeaf Rapids National Exhibition Centre, Leaf Rapids, ManitobaSolo
2002Larry TowellUniversity of Northern British Colombia, Prince George, B.C.Solo
2002Larry TowellGallery Lambton, Sarnia, ONSolo
2002Larry TowellLeaf Rapids National Exhibition Centre, Leaf Rapids, MASolo
2002UnknownNihombashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2002UnknownSchool of Visual Arts, New York CityGroup
2002UnknownArt Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, ONGroup
2002UnknownNew York State Museum, New York CityGroup
2002UnknownChicago Historical Society, Chicago, ILGroup
2002UnknownForest City Gallery, London, ONGroup
2002UnknownFondazione Nazionale Italiana per la Fotografia, Torino, ItalyGroup
2002Noorderlicht Photo FestivalGronigen, The NetherlandsGroup
2002UnknownHousatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT, USAGroup
2002UnknownThe Whopping Hydro Electric Plant Gallery, London, UKGroup
2002UnknownMusee de l'Elysee, Lausanne, SwitzerlandGroup
2002UnknownNational Arts Club, New York City, USAGroup
2002UnknownArt Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, CanadaGroup
2002UnknownCedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IowaGroup
2002UnknownHarbourfront Centre, Toronto, ONGroup
2001Larry TowellNational Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, ScotlandSolo
2001Larry TowellCatherine Edelman Gallery, ChicagoSolo
2001Larry TowellThe Leica Gallery, New York CitySolo
2001Larry TowellCanadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, OttawaSolo
2001Larry TowellMcLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ONSolo
2001Spirit of ReligionCinema Museum, Saronique, GreeceGroup
2001UnknownNational Photography Centre, Sopelos, GreeceGroup
2001UnknownNew York Historical Society, New York CityGroup
2001UnknownCanadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa, CanadaGroup
2001Here In New YorkSpring Street Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2000Larry TowellStaedtische Gallery, Iserlohn, GermanySolo
2000Larry TowellAleppo Photo Festival, Aleppo, SyriaSolo
2000Larry TowellCanadian Embassy, Damascus, SyriaSolo
2000Larry TowellLondon Regional Art Gallery, London, ONSolo
2000Larry TowellPerpignan Photo Festival, Perpignan, FranceSolo
2000Larry TowellThe Leica Gallery, New York CitySolo
2000Larry TowellStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
2000UnknownThe Barbican, London, UKGroup
2000UnknownSeiba Gallery, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2000UnknownThe Museum of Art, Osaka, Kintetsu, JapanGroup
2000UnknownMichael Gibson Gallery, London, ONGroup
2000UnknownPortland Museum of Art, Portland, MEGroup
2000UnknownBeaux Arts of Charleroi and Brussels 2000 Committee, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2000UnknownBiblioteque Nationale de France, Paris, FranceGroup
2000UnknownNew York Historical Society, NYC, USAGroup
2000UnknownThe Museum of Art, Osaka, JapanGroup
2000UnknownPalazzo del Esposizioni, Rome, ItalyGroup
2000UnknownKunsthaus Caserne, Zurich, SwitzerlandGroup
2000UnknownDeichtoraller, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2000UnknownReina Sofia Museum of Madrid, Madrid, SpainGroup
2000UnknownBotanique, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2000UnknownLouiyana Museum, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
1999Larry TowellCambridge Art Gallery, Cambridge, ONSolo
1999UnknownArt Directors Club, NYCGroup
1999UnknownThe Alternative Museum, NYCGroup
1998Larry TowellAubenades de la Photographie, Aubenas, FranceSolo
1998Larry TowellElvehjem Museum of Art, Madison, Wisconsin, USASolo
1998Larry TowellWisconsin Union Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin, USASolo
1998Larry TowellVox Populi, Montreal, QueSolo
1998Larry TowellSala Ciaxa Galicia, Lugo SpainSolo
1998Larry TowellCirculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid SpainSolo
1998Larry TowellSala Caixa Galicia, Vigo, Spain Solo
1998UnderexposedUnderground Station Zinkensdamm, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
1998UnknownGallerie du Chateau d'Eau, Toulouse, FranceGroup
1998UnknownMuseum of Jewish Heritage, NYCGroup
1998UnknownThe Station Gallery, Whitby, ONGroup
1997Manifestations CulturellesNablus, Ramallah, East Jerusalem, West BankSolo
1997Larry TowellThe Leica Gallery, New York CitySolo
1997Larry TowellStephen Bulger Galley, Toronto ONSolo
1997Larry TowellSala de la Expositions Kiosko Alfonso, La Coruna, SpainSolo
1997Larry TowellMontparnesse FNAC, Pais, FranceSolo
1997Larry TowellNoorderlicht Photo Festival, Gronigen, The NetherlandsSolo
1997UnknownStephen Bulger Gallery, ONGroup
1997UnknownArt Gallery of North York, North York, ONGroup
1997UnknownGalerie d'art du centre Cultural Universite Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QCGroup
1997UnknownMilton J. Weil Art Gallery, NYCGroup
1997UnknownMusee de Quebec, Quebec City, QueGroup
1997UnknownKasan Museum Exhibition Centre, Hazelton, BCGroup
1997UnknownThe National Arts Club, NYCGroup
1997UnknownCasa de Vacas de Ritiro, Madrid, SpainGroup
1997UnknownBeaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, BCGroup
1996Larry TowellZelda Cheatle Gallery, London, UKSolo
1996Larry TowellStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
1996Les Paysages de MagnumBon Marche, Paris, FranceGroup
1996UnknownpART's Gallery, Minneapolis, MinnesotaGroup
1996UnknownKent Gallery, Soho, NYCGroup
1996UnknownSurrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BCGroup
1995Larry TowellGallery Kimon, Athens, GreeceSolo
1995Larry TowellDas Bildforum Foto Festival, Herten GermanySolo
1995UnknownPhotographic Centre of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
1995UnknownThe Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MAGroup
1995World Press Photo ExhibitionInternational tourGroup
1994Larry TowellThe Photo Passage, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ONSolo
1994Larry TowellEcole Sup le 15, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
1994Larry TowellShepherd College, Shepherdstown, W. Virginia, USASolo
1994RetrospectiveNieuwrkerk Cathedral, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsSolo
1994Recontres Photographiques de NormandieAbbey St. Ouen, Rouen, FranceSolo
1994Larry TowellCanadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, OttawaSolo
1994World Press Photo ExhibitionInternational tourGroup
1994UnknownGalerie de Chateau, Toulouse, FranceGroup
1994UnknownAnsel Adams Centre of Photography, San Francisco, CA, USAGroup
1993World Press Photo ExhibitionInternational TourGroup
1993UnknownKilbany Museum, ScotlandGroup
1993UnknownVietnam Veterans Administration Hospital, Martinsburg, W. Virginia, USAGroup
1993UnknownNikon House, NYCGroup
1993UnknownInternational Center of Photography, NYCGroup
1993UnknownHagerstown College Gallery, Hagerstown, MD, USAGroup
1993UnknownCapocon Resort, Berkley, MD, USAGroup
1992Larry TowellNational Library of Canada, OttawaSolo
1992Larry TowellThe Photo Passage, Harbourfront, TorontoSolo
1991Larry TowellForest City Gallery, London, ONSolo
1991Larry TowellMaison de la Culture Plateau, La Mois de la Photo, Mont Royal, Montreal, QueSolo
1991Larry TowellSpencer Gallery, University of Western Ontario, London ONSolo
1991Larry TowellChrist Church, Hamilton, ONSolo
1990Larry TowellSouthern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AltaSolo
1990Larry TowellDunlop Gallery, Regina, SaskSolo
1989Larry TowellToronto Photographers Workshop, TorontoSolo
1989Larry TowellSarnia Public Art Gallery, Sarnia ONSolo
1989Larry TowellLondon Regional Art Gallery, London ONSolo
1989Larry TowellThe Photographers Gallery, Saskatoon, SaskSolo
1988Larry TowellArt Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, ONSolo