SCCF to Host an Evening with Stephen Alvarez


World-renowned photographer and Sewanee native Stephen Alvarez will speak at South Cumberland Community Fund’s annual fundraising event at 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at Monteagle Sunday School Assembly. Alvarez will speak to “My Life as a National Geographic Photographer and the Deep History of the South Cumberland Plateau.” 

As a filmmaker and explorer as well as a photographer, Alvarez produces global stories about exploration, culture, religion, and the aftermath of conflict, and has served as a National Geographic photographer since 1995. His images have won awards in Pictures of the Year International and Communications Arts and have been exhibited at Visa Pour L’Image International Photojournalism Festival in Perpignan, France. Alvarez’s most recent story for National Geographic explores why humans become artists. In 2017, he established the Ancient Art Archive, a worldwide effort to explore and preserve ancient artworks left by humanity’s first ancestors. His recent discoveries and photographs include ancient drawings discovered in caves under the South Cumberland Plateau and in the surrounding region. Alvarez will be introduced by fellow photographer and University of the South professor Pradip Malde. 

“The attention Stephen is bringing to the importance of ancient drawings worldwide, and to the caves of the South Cumberland Plateau as a repository for some of these works, is remarkable,” said Leah Rhys, SCCF development committee member. “This serves as a fascinating subject for those attending this year’s SCCF event.” 

In addition to cocktails and a seated dinner, the evening will feature a silent auction of four beautifully framed and signed open edition prints by Alvarez. Bidding prior to the event for those who do not plan to be in attendance may be done by proxy through the SCCF website at <>. Online reservations are also available on the SCCF website or by mailing a check to SCCF, P.O. Box 1301, Monteagle, TN 37356.