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Making, Not Taking: Portrait Photography in the 19th Century
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM Davis Museum
Date: February 08, 2020 to June 07, 2020
Where: Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, United States, 02482
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Mounted in conjunction with Going Viral: Photography, Performance, and the Everyday, this exhibition tells an earlier history of vernacular photography--that of 19th-century portraiture. Similar to snapshots, the portrait photograph is enigmatic for its ability to be a one-of-a-kind object (a family keepsake) and a duplicate (a repetition of conventional settings, poses, and framing devices) all at once. However, before photographs were taken or snapped, they were made. Early photography was a process that involved a great deal of time, labor, and costly materials. Thus, this exhibition explores the materiality, the craft, and the event of photography in its earliest iterations. Curated by Carrie Cushman, Linda Wyatt Gruber '66 Curatorial Fellow in Photography. For more information, please contact: 781-283-2051 Generously supported by: Linda Wyatt Gruber (class of 1966) and Wellesley College Friends of Art at the Davis. Image Credit: Museum purchase with funds provided by Jacqueline Loewe Fowler (Class of 1947), 1997.47 Image Caption: André Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri, Mme. Cusani, ca. 1860, Uncut albumen cartes-de-visite, 7 5/16 in. x 6 1/16 in.
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