HAGERSTOWN, MD.>> The exhibition "Two Brothers: Converging Vision-Diverging Views, featuring photographs by Ira and Ben Lourie, opens at Washington County Arts Council on Oct. 2, with a reception 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, in the Washington County Arts Council Gallery, 34 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, Md.

The show will run through October 27.

Ira S. Lourie

Ira S. Lourie is a photographer and physician who lives in Hagerstown. Most of his pictures are taken in Western Maryland and Montana, which are areas where his work as a physician takes him. He is a frequent traveler with his camera to Yellowstone and Glacier national parks and has recently spent some time in Europe, New Zealand and Kenya.

Dr. Lourie's photographs reflect how light and color come together to display the natural beauty of nature and architecture. Most recently he has been focusing on abstract images found in nature. Lourie said his photographic mentor taught him to stop whenever h come upon a view that evokes some emotion. More importantly, Lourie said, he instructed him to wait before he started shooting pictures until he could soak in the essence of the scene.

Ben Lourie

Ben Lourie is a former commercial photographer whose work can be seen at the Newseum, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and on PBS. He taught photography full- and part-time throughout his 40-year career, including 10 years at the College of Southern Maryland.

His most recent solo show, "Two Eyes," at the Tony Hungerford Gallery of the College of Southern Maryland, included works that chronicled changes in the land as rural landscapes gave way to strip malls and big box stores. His work has also been exhibited at Howard Community College and the Arlington Arts Center.

Ben Lourie earned his bachelor of arts degree from Earlham College, and his Master of Fine Arts in Photography from George Washington University. He lives in Silver Spring, Md.

For additional information contact gallery manager Chris Brewer at 301-791-3132 or

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