bio

Larry  Broutman

Larry Broutman has a passion for travel, particularly to remote areas of the world. During the past 15 years he has traveled to all 7 continents and even included a trip to the North Pole aboard a Russian nuclear icebreaker. His interests have included visiting hill tribes in Asia, nomadic tribes in Africa, and touring in India and other Himalayan countries. A desire to document these travel experiences sparked his enthusiasm in photography. His interest in photographing other cultures eventually broadened to travel and outdoor photography, or as Larry describes it, "photographing images of the natural world."

Larry has specialized in photographing people, wildlife and landscapes. He has studied and toured with some of the best-known documentary and nature photographers in the field. His images have been sold to corporations, private collectors and travel publications. He currently has an exhibit scheduled to open at the Illinois Institute of Technology in the fall of 2004 and has completed an installation of wildlife photography at the Childrens Memorial Hospital Outpatient Clinic.

Larry's people photography captures the human side of foreign cultures and tribes. A Japanese sumo wrestler sweeps the floor with an antique broom. A stunning beauty from Namibia shows off a hairstyle caked with mud. A young monk from Bhutan in traditional dress stands in striking contrast to the blue wall of his monastery.

His wildlife and landscapes also take us to breathtaking locales and capture moments of vivid intensity. A cheetah from South Africa gazes into a golden sunset. A lilac breasted roller reminds us of the impossible beauty that is commonplace in Botswana. A landscape in Anza Borrego, California captures the fuchsias, greens and violet hues of the desert.

Larry began his professional career as a professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He has his undergraduate and doctorate degrees from MIT in the field of Materials Science. Larry is known worldwide for his research and has published 160 research articles and several text books in the field of plastics and composite materials. In the mid 80's, Larry founded, L.J. Broutman Associates and co-founded Advanced Polymer Compounding. The former company became one of the largest and most prestigious plastics laboratories and consulting companies in the U.S., and the latter is among the foremost plastics compounding companies in the U.S.

Larry continues to travel and recently returned from trips to Cuba and Southern India. His plans include additional wildlife installations and further exhibits of his people photographs from around the world. His travel agenda for this year will include China, Africa and India. Some of Larry's photographs can be seen on his website www.broutpix.com.


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installations

Children's Memorial Hospital Installation

Chicago, IL... Immediate Release... Larry Broutman, a Chicago based nature and wildlife photographer, has recently completed the installation of a wildlife photography exhibit at Children's Memorial Hospital. The exhibit showcases Larry's dramatic African wildlife prints, mounted on a hand-painted 60-foot mural of an African Savanna scene. This installation has transformed the cafeteria in the Children's Memorial Outpatient Clinic from a hum-drum institutional room to the kid-friendly Safari Café.

The 3' x 4' color photos picture a collection of indigenous African animals. Larry photographed the animals during safaris to Botswana and South Africa. The animals include leopards, elephants, zebras, cheetahs, rhinoceros and African antelopes. Each photo is described by a fact card which includes fun and whimsical facts about the animals. Children are delighted to learn that, "A zebra can defend itself against a lion with a kick of its hind legs." Paul Barker, a well-known muralist, completed the back drop for the photos with a hand-painted African plains scene, which captures the subtle beauty and soothing hues of the savanna.

Larry has specialized in photographing people, wildlife and landscapes in exotic locales. He has studied and toured with some of the best-known outdoor photographers in the field. His images have been sold to corporations, private collectors and travel publications. He currently has an exhibit scheduled to open at the Illinois Institute of Technology in the fall of 2004.

By bringing his wildlife photos to the outpatient clinic, Larry hopes that families and their children will have a diversion from what could otherwise be considered a stressful or intimidating environment. By bringing photography, painting and education together in one place, Larry brings additional warmth and richness to the clinic.

Some of Larry's photographs can be seen on his website www.broutpix.com. For further information, please call Lisa Ridolfi at 847-337-3987.

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exhibits
 

African Tribal Beauty
May 17-August 17, 2007
Studio 110  [info]
Chicago, IL

 

Eye on Africa
June 23-Sept 30, 2005
Hermann Hall
Illinois Institute of Technology [info]
Chicago, IL

 

East Africa-The Wildebeest Migration
Permanent Exhibit

Regenstein African Journey Building
Lincoln Park Zoo  [info]
Chicago, IL.

 

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