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ROBERT KAREKA: PEOPLE & PLACES showcases one of Robert Kareka’s (1934-2020) many talents, concentrating on his black and white photographs from, chiefly, the 1960s, 70s, 80s. Curated by his friend of a half-century, William O’Rourke, an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction, O’Rourke memorializes their connection by means of a long introduction in the form of a memoir, which chronicles Kareka’s artistic development as a photographer and sketches various highlights and lowlights of his long life and their sustained connection. O’Rourke chose over eighty black and white photographs of Kareka’s work, an impressive selection, but by no means all, culled from a life lived with intensity, purpose and the aesthetic victories of one man’s lifetime in photography.
William O'Rourke is the author of The Harrisburg 7 and the New Catholic Left (1972), Signs of the Literary Times: Essays, Reviews, Profiles (1993), On Having a Heart Attack: A Medical Memoir (2006), Campaign America '96: The View From the Couch (1997), Campaign America 2000: The View From the Couch (2001), Confessions of a Guilty Freelancer (2012), Politics and the American Language: Reviews, Rants, and Commentary, 2011-2018 (2020), as well as the novels The Meekness of Isaac (1974), Idle Hands (1981), Criminal Tendencies (1987), Notts (1996), and has edited two anthologies. He is an emeritus professor of English at the University of Notre Dame.