March 7th, 2020 – Handmade Photography Today Symposium @ Davis Museum, Wellesley College

March 7th, 2020 - Handmade Photography Today Symposium @ Davis Museum, Wellesley College

Handmade Photography Today Symposium

Mar 7, 11 AM–5 PM Collins Cinema, Davis Lobby, Davis Plaza, and Galleries Free and open to the public


In conjunction with the exhibition Making, Not Taking: Portrait Photography in the 19th Century, the Davis Museum presents a day-long symposium that will explore contemporary iterations of 19th-century photographic processes.
From photograms to platinum prints, alternative approaches to automatic point-and-shoot and digital photography have spiked among professional and amateur photographers around the globe in recent years. The boom in what Lyle Rexer has termed “the antiquarian avant-garde” is in part a reaction to the supposedly desensitized nature of digital photography, but it should also be understood in the context of a more widespread turn to the materials, process, and event of photography as a site of knowledge production. We will hear from four acclaimed photographers working in 19th-century processes: Myra Greene (ambrotypes), Will Wilson (tintypes), Edie Bresler (cyanotypes), and Takashi Arai (daguerreotypes). The speakers will discuss how the specific material conditions of early photographic formats have the potential to inform and produce alternative understandings of our contemporary relationship to historical imagery.

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Free and open to the public. Advance registration and RSVP are requested.

Co-hosted with the Photographic Resource Center.
Generously supported by: the Bern Schwartz Family Foundation
Image Credit:Courtesy of the artists.

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