$35 USD per device. This program is 60 mins, including time to ask questions and exchange ideas. Suitable for all ages, no background required.

  • Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 1:30 pm EST

From the moment photography was invented, innovators used it to capture their travel experiences. This program will explore the social and technological developments that made travel photography possible. Beginning with photography’s 19th-century French origins, with the work of Nicéphore Niépce and Louis Daguerre, we’ll follow the journeys of other pioneers like Maxime du Camp, Pierre-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, and Samuel Bourne. By the 20th century, no one could dispute that photography was an influential way to shape the art of travel.

You will:

  • Learn how the pioneers of 19th-century photographers captured their travel experiences.
  • Understand the basics of the technology used in early travel photography.

Your educator Jessica Watson, is an artist based in Providence, RI. She holds an MFA from Bard’s Graduate School of the Arts. When she is not taking photographs, she runs a family photo archiving and retouching service. Her best photographic memories were created in Tunisia, Turkey, and Cuba. She looks forward to getting back on a plane soon, with her camera. In the meantime, she is capturing the natural world and her sometimes cooperative kids.

You can also sign up for our series Travel Through the Lens.

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Image: Samuel Bourne, The Manirung Pass, 1860s, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gilman Collection, Purchase, Cynthia Hazen Polsky Gift, 2005.

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