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Thursday, January 14, 1999

Exhibit "Mongolia Observed" Photos by Robert Peck on Display January 26-February 26 in SSU's Fulton Hall Gallery

SALISBURY, MD--Two young boys in suits, one holding a puppy the other grinning and wearing a Dallas Cowboys hat, is a typical American image. Ironically, the photo of the duo is not of Americans, but Mongolians. This scene and others like it are captured in a unique photographic exhibition,ŮMongolia Observed,Ó on display in the Fulton Hall Gallery at Salisbury State University January 26-February 26. The pictures are part of a collection by Robert McCracken Peck, taken in his five expeditions to Mongolia. They are touching, sometimes exotic, always fascinating.

The world-renowned naturalist, author and photographer has extensively studied the lifestyle of the 2.4 million people who reside in Mongolia. Almost half are still living as nomads:They move from place to place to ensure good feeding for their animals, with families relying on horses for transportation. Peck found them proud of their noble heritage and country.

A Fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, Peck is a writer, naturalist, historian and world traveler. He has visited North and South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. He is the author of A Celebration of Birds, Headhunters and Hummingbirds: An Expedition into Ecuador, and several magazine and newspapers articles. In 1990 he authored Land of the Eagle: A Natural History of North America, a companion to the television series of the same name. He received the Explorers Award from the Explorers Club of which he is a member, has a species of frog named in his honor and is a member of the Royal Geographical Society. His photographs have been published in books, journals and magazines and exhibited in museums across the United States.

"Unique to this exhibit is a 'ger,' the traditional housing for the nomads of Mongolia," said Ken Basile, director of university galleries. "The 'ger,' which sleeps four, along with the many interesting photographs are what make this exhibit so interesting."

Free and open to the public, Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m. For more information call the University Galleries at 410-543-6271. For a schedule of spring cultural events call the SSU Public Relations Office at 410-543-6030.


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