Sunday, November 7: Experiments in 19th-Century Color Photography
Cameras are everywhere nowadays so it's easy to take for granted the technology we have at our fingertips. As far as photography has come along, it's not always easy to look back and figure out the processes shutterbug pioneers used to create their images. Case in point, the development of color photography. It wasn't always a matter of course, which makes some modern scholars wonder: how'd they do that? (Smithsonian contributor Robert Poole wrote "In Living Color," a piece on an early, obscure color photography process that employed potatoes.) In this scholarly symposium, come listen to a collective of international specialists and learn how color photography came about. Speakers will include: Michelle Delaney, curator, Photographic History Collection, National Museum of American History; Dr. Susan Stulik, senior scientist, The Getty Conservation Institute; Grant Romer,senior conservator, The International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House; Kelly Wright, adjunct professor and doctoral candidate, University of Cincinnati and Francois Brunet, professor of art history and literature, University of Paris. This event is part of Fotoweek DC.
And don't forget, Smithsonian magazine's 7th annual photo contest that is coming to a close on December 1, 2009. Time is running out to enter your photos! Free. American History Museum, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM.
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