Photographer Constantin's Mother Teresa show opens tonight in Alexandria

by Leslie Turk

Appropriate for the season of giving, exhibit features behind-the-scenes images of beloved icon.

The Alexandria Museum of Art will be showing images of Mother Teresa of Calcutta captured by Baton Rouge professional photographer Marie Constantin from Dec. 6 to Feb. 22. The award-winning photographer will speak about her experiences capturing Mother Teresa at tonight's 7 p.m. opening.

Photo by Marie Constantin

Baton Rouge photographer Marie Costantin's image of Mother Teresa is the official Beatification Photo

The 11-week show features Constantin's black and white images of the late Roman Catholic nun. The images represent rare, private behind-the-scenes moments Constantin captured while traveling with Mother Teresa as she made visits to her United States houses and attended her sisters' vow ceremonies.

Included in the exhibit is the Beatification Photo. In 2000, the Vatican chose one of Constantin's images to serve as the official Beatification Photo for the Beatification of Mother Teresa. This image hung on the fa├žade of the Basilica in Saint Peter's Square in Rome, where it was unveiled in front of Pope John Paul II and 300,000 people.

Mother Teresa devoted her life to caring for the sick and the poor, establishing centers for the aged, the blind, the dying and even facilities for children who were found abandoned on the streets.

She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her humanitarian works.

The museum is located at 933 Second St. in Alexandria. Museum Hours are Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, call 318-443-3458.