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Fletcher Thorne-ThomsenFor more than sixty years, acclaimed photographer Fletcher Thorne-Thomsen has been creating artistic works that have been exhibited throughout the world. His unique perspective unlocks the hidden beauty of everyday objects, giving his audience the opportunity to see through his perceptive eyes. Thorne-Thomsen has long been a proponent of the psychological and therapeutic value of photographic art in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. He is currently working with Dr. Michael Harper of LSUHSC’s Family Medicine Department on a research project relating to the soothing effects of art in a medical environment.

A Shreveport resident since 1956, Thorne-Thomsen was born and reared in Gary, Indiana. He was educated as a mechanical engineer at Purdue University and held management positions in a number of companies in the petroleum and petrochemical industry. He was also the owner of Fabsteel, a steel fabrication company with 5,000 employees in seven states. During World War II, Thorne-Thomsen served for three years in the armored field artillery in Europe and was part of the first American contingent present at the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp.

Fletcher Thorne-Thomsen is owner and chairman of the board of Beyond Par and Par Excellence, local commercial photographic labs. He is active in the community, serving as a board member of Centenary College, the American Civil Liberties Union, Live Oak Retirement Community, and the Southern Institute of Education and Research.