From Beirut to D.C. Veteran and photographer speaks in Jackson

Lt. Col. Rudolph Atallah, USAF (Ret.) started “dabbling in photography while serving in the first Gulf war.”

He went on to become a world-renowned photographer and an esteemed political adviser. This Wednesday, May 22, Jackson has a chance to meet him and hear his story.

“During the course of my military career, I found myself carrying a camera on most trips, excited to capture new landscapes and events. In 2001, while stationed in West Africa, I purchased my first digital camera and put together a portfolio about the Sahara, which eventually turned into a book,” Atallah reflects. “After I retired in 2009, I teamed up with several world-renowned photographers like David Brookover and Frank Ruggles who helped me refine my work.”

“Rudy” is now regarded internationally for his ground truth insights on African and Middle East security matters, and is a sought-after speaker and adviser on national security, counter-terrorism, and cultural intelligence issues. He has been a featured guest on ABC, NBC, PBS, MSNBC, BBC, CNN and programs such as OutFront with Erin Burnett, National Public Radio’s Diane Rehm Show, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, and on the National Geographic Channel, where he discussed his involvement in African counter-piracy and the successful resolution of the 2009 Maersk Alabama incident.

Come meet Rudy and hear the story of a lifetime. Wednesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. at the Teton County Library.

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