Michael Collopy has photographed famous names all over the world and has concentrated on agents of peaceful change.

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For more than 35 years, Michael Collopy has photographed the courageous and compassionate. He knew Mother Teresa and followed her long enough to create an entire photographic book of her at work. The Dalai Lama and U.S. President Barack Obama have sat for his portraits. He has photographed every living Nobel Peace Prize winner except one.

A portion of the abundance from Collopy’s life work comes to Ave Maria University, when a retrospective of his portraits — 42 of them — opens at the Canizaro Library Thursday. The exhibition will be there through Dec. 16.

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Collopy will not be there for the opening. He’s on his way to Rome for the canonization Sunday, Sept. 4, of Mother Teresa, whom he especially revered. The late missionary and humanitarian also has a special significance for the university; the only museum dedicated to her is on its campus in Ave Maria. So naturally one of her portraits will be in Collopy’s exhibition, and when he comes to talk at the university Oct. 27 the stories will definitely include her. (Time and other information will be announced later.)

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