Len Rubenstein at the ICA

16 Nov 2012

In early November the ICA welcomed the Special Olympics Massachusetts for their "More than Just a Game" campaign, unveiling the photographs of photographer Len Rubenstein. This exhibition was the kick off event for the Special Olympics Massachusetts new 18 month campaign, intended to help break current perceptions of physically and intellectually disabled athletes. 

Back in June Len and his associates Jeremy Baldwin and Katherine Taylor set out to photograph sixteen athletes ranging from 7 to 100 years old, standing against a white seamless backdrop, he captures them for who they really are; sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, friends and champions. The results are truly inspiring. Twenty two 40"x28" images, exquisitely printed pro bono by E.P. Levines, hang in the foyer of the ICA—practically life size. 

Taylor Lagasse, Tyngsboro, MA resident, 10 year advocate speaker for Special Olympics Massachusetts, and seven-time state golf champion, heralded the evening an incredibly inspiring speech about what it means to be an athlete in the Special Olympics. He spoke to the games as a source of dignity, pride, joy and purpose for many of the athletes and asks us to become more involved. 

Below are a few pictures from the exhibition.

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