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Exhibit to feature images of Southeast Asian Islam

ATHENS, Ohio -- Photographs from "Living Faith: Inside the Muslim World of Southeast Asia," a book by photojournalist Steve Raymer, will be exhibited on the fourth floor of Alden Library at Ohio University from Feb. 4 to March 20.

To create "Living Faith," veteran National Geographic photographer Steve Raymer traveled throughout Southeast Asia, home to one of the world's largest Muslim populations, to highlight everyday life in the cities and villages. More than 170 color photographs show how Muslims in the area live, raise their families, practice their faith and look ahead to their future.

Raymer, a National Geographic Magazine staff photographer for more than two decades, teaches photojournalism, media ethics and international newsgathering at Indiana University in Bloomington. He is also on the faculty of the university's Russian and East European Institute.

Raymer earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and studied Soviet and Russian affairs as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. He joined the staff of National Geographic in 1972, launching a career that has taken him to more than 85 countries. From famines in Bangladesh and Ethiopia to the collapse of the Soviet Union, Raymer's photographs have illustrated some 30 National Geographic articles. From 1991 to 1995, Raymer was also the director of the National Geographic Society News Service, a joint venture with The New York Times and the Associated Press. He has received a citation for excellence in foreign reporting from the Overseas Press Club and is a four-time winner of first-prize awards from the White House News Photographers' Association.

The exhibit of photographs from "Living Faith: Inside the Muslim World of Southeast Asia" is sponsored by Ohio University's Southeast Asian Studies Program with support from Asia Images Group. To view images from the book visit www.steveraymer.com.

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Media Contact: Center for International Studies Assistant Director for Communications Jennifer Cochran, (740) 593-1842 or cochraj1@ohio.edu, or Assistant Director for Southeast Asian Studies Karla Schneider, (740) 593-1841 or schneidk@ohio.edu

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