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
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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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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African Tribal Beauty
May 17-August 17, 2007
Eye on Africa
June 23-Sept 30, 2005
Illinois Institute of Technology
East Africa-The Wildebeest Migration
Regenstein African Journey Building
Lincoln Park Zoo
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