Dan Lechay grew up in Iowa City and earned a Ph.D. in English at the University of Iowa. He lived in New York for many years, and for a decade directed investigations into health and other issues for the New York City Council President. He has also taught college English and edited a quarterly magazine for ACT. His book of poetry, The Quarry, was published last year by Ohio University Press.
I'm not a professional photographer, but I like taking photos that give a sense of how strange and interesting people are, whether they live in Iowa or in Kathmandu. I was particularly impressed by the friendliness of people in Delhi. They were very welcoming and, as you can see from the photos, many were delighted to have their pictures taken. In Nepal, as in India, people have very hard lives, but visitors are overwhelmed by their good nature, dignity, and industriousness, and by the omnipresence of Buddhist and Hindu spirituality.
University of Iowa. School of Art and Art History
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