Salvatore Lopes selected to receive an Anchor Award at University of Hartford's Annual Hawktober Weekend

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Salvatore Lopes

WEST HARTFORD, CT (10/07/2013)(readMedia)-- Salvatore Lopes '71 of Cherry Hill, N.J., has been selected to receive an Anchor Award presented by the University of Hartford Alumni Association during the University's annual Hawktober Weekend. The awards are established to recognize alumni who have distinguished themselves by achieving the highest level of professional accomplishments and possessing the absolute standards of integrity and character to positively reflect and enhance the prestige of the University of Hartford. Lopes is one of five Anchor Award recipients this year.

Lopes is an internationally renowned photographer and platinum printer whose work has been exhibited in the United States and abroad. More than 150 of his images are part of museum collections at the likes of The Art Institute of Chicago, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

Lopes's photographs also appear in many popular magazines ranging from Newsweek and National Geographic to French PHOTO, Black & White, and Shutterbug. Larger bodies of his work appear in books such as The Wall: Images and Offerings from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Living with AIDS: A Photographic Journal.

Lopes received his Bachelor of Arts from the Barney School of Business in 1971, and felt then as he does now that his University of Hartford experience prepared him well to do whatever he wanted to in life. His first venture upon graduation was to make a difference in the community, serving as a teacher at Hartford's Burns Elementary School. Here, Lopes devised a photographic program to engage underserved inner-city children and promote reading and writing skills.

Later, he worked as a photographer at the Richard Benson's Studio in Newport, R.I., where he produced exhibitions and edition portfolios for photographers Paul Strand, Tina Modotti, Edward Weston, and many others. Lopes' work today is an extension of what the two accomplished in Newport.

Specializing in the highly archival 19th-century technique of platinum printing, Lopes developed his own style of hand-coated prints in black and white, and notable art photographers and museums worldwide have sought after the exquisite results.

The public is invited to join in the celebration of the professional achievements of some of the University's best and brightest alumni on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 3 to 4:45 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium on the University of Hartford campus. Admission is free and online registration is encouraged ( but not required.