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Conference to include photographer of baby grasping surgeon’s finger

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)–When a baby still in the womb grabbed a surgeon’s finger during in utero surgery on the baby’s mother, Michael Clancy captured the moment with his camera.

Clancy later told a reporter for The Tennessean that he didn’t know how anyone could be pro-choice after seeing the photo of the 21-week-old fetus.

The photograph, which was taken January 2000 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., will be the main topic Clancy discusses at the Photojournalism Conference at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary March 30-April 1.

Clancy had registered to attend the conference before being asked to speak.

In addition to Clancy, the conference will include featured speakers Charles Moore, whose landmark civil rights photographs were originally published in Life magazine, and Ake Lundberg, who for 13 years covered evangelist Billy Graham’s crusades worldwide.

Moore and Lundberg will be joined by other award-winning photographers at the conference to explore the deeper values and purposes of photographic communication, according to conference organizers.

Other featured speakers include Regina McCombs, multimedia reporter for the online arm of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis-St. Paul; Gary Fong, director of editorial graphics technology at the San Francisco Chronicle; James Edward Bates, photographer with The Sun Herald in Biloxi, Miss.; Warren F. Johnson, senior photographer with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board; Helen Jau, photographer with The Dallas Morning News; and Lane Schneider, graphic designer with World-Wide Missions, a Christian mission agency in Redlands, Calif.

Nikon and Canon technicians will provide complementary “clean-and-check” service for conference participants’ cameras. Twenty participants will compete in the Nikon Digital Shootout in which they will attempt to shoot the best digital photograph according to a specific theme. The winner will receive a Nikon COOLPIX digital camera.

The registration fee is $125 per person until March 23 and $135 after March 23. The student registration fee is $75. Fees include all conference materials, Saturday meals and Sunday breakfast.

For more information contact Southwestern Seminary’s Leadership Development Center at (817) 923-1921, ext. 2446.

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