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Aerial photos of Otter Tail County featured at Cultural Center

Aerial views of Otter Tail farmland and stunning photographs of abandoned farm buildings are featured in the new photography show opening this week at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. The show includes color and black and white photog...

Aerial views of Otter Tail farmland and stunning photographs of abandoned farm buildings are featured in the new photography show opening this week at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. The show includes color and black and white photographs - some of them 8 feet across - by Otter Tail County native Maxwell MacKenzie.

On Jan. 19 at 4 pm, author & pilot/photographer Maxwell Mackenzie will present his famous slide lecture, "The Truth Doesn't Make a Good Story, That's Why We Have Art", featuring 20 years of both black & white and color photographs of Otter Tail County from the ground and the air.

MacKenzie will discuss the glories and terrors of flying over one of the most beautiful places on the continent.

MacKenzie, the grandson of Victor Lundeen, was born in Fergus Falls in 1952, and now works all over the world as a commercial photographer, specializing in architecture & design.

Although presently based in Washington DC, he spends his summers in a 1905 renovated one-room schoolhouse on the Otter Tail River near Phelps Mill,

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His photographs of Otter Tail County appear in three award-winning volumes: "Abandonings"; "American Ruins, Ghosts on the Landscape"; and his most recent, "Markings", which features aerial views made while piloting his 300 lb. powered-parachute.

MacKenzie went up in an ultra-light with his camera and returned with a landscape we've never seen before, a whole new face of America.

MacKenzie will be happy to sign books after the lecture.

(More of MacKenzie's work featured on back page.)

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