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Handmade Photography Today: A Virtual Artist Talk with Myra Greene
Thursday, November 12: Myra Greene
5:00-6:30 EST

Join Nikki Greene, Assistant Professor of Art at Wellesley College, in conversation with photographer Myra Greene, who uses ambrotypes to challenge visual legacies of ethnographic classification in detailed explorations of her own skin color and facial features.

Handmade Photography Today: A Virtual Artist Talk Series

In conjunction with the exhibition, Making, Not Taking: Portrait Photography in the 19th Century, the Davis Museum presents a series of virtual artist talks to explore contemporary iterations of nineteenth-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. This fall, we will feature four acclaimed photographers working in nineteenth-century processes: Takashi Arai (daguerreotypes), Edie Bresler (cyanotypes), Myra Greene (ambrotypes), and Will Wilson (tintypes). The speakers will investigate 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, especially portraiture.

Co-hosted with the Photographic Resource Center

Generously sponsored by the Bern Schwartz Family Foundation

Nov 12, 2020 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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