National Gallery of Art offers new series of photo evenrts

National Gallery of Art launches Spring lectures & demos on photography…

The following programs are made possible by the James D. and Kathryn K. Steele Fund for Photography. These presentations are held in conjunction with East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography, the first exhibition to focus exclusively on landscape photographs made in the eastern half of the United States during the 19th century. On view from March 12 through July 16, 2017, East of the Mississippi showcases some 175 works—from daguerreotypes and stereographs to albumen prints and cyanotypes—by numerous photographers whose efforts have often gone unheralded. Celebrating natural wonders such as Niagara Falls and the White Mountains, as well as capturing a cultural landscape fundamentally altered by industrialization, the Civil War, and tourism, these photographs not only helped shape America’s national identity but also played a role in the emergence of environmentalism.

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April 23 at 12:00 p.m.

James Welling, artist

East Building Auditorium

James Welling discusses his series Railroad Photographs, made from 1987 to 2000 in the context of his 19th-century predecessors. Fascinated with railroads since childhood, Welling has photographed train and railroad landscapes, radiating out from his home in New York City up through Connecticut, Massachusetts, upstate New York, to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, and eventually Wyoming and California.

Picturing Landscape through Nineteenth-Century Photographic Processes

May 6 at 11:00 a.m. Screen Shot 2017-04-24 at 10.45.38 AM

France Scully Osterman, artist, educator, lecturer at Scully & Osterman Studio, and guest scholar at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film

East Building Auditorium

France Scully Osterman provides an overview of historical photographic processes used to create works in the exhibition East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography. Osterman also demonstrates how to make cyanotypes and salted paper prints, two popular 19th-century photographic processes. Beginning with coating papers by hand, she prints the light-sensitive papers with collodion negatives, and she then elaborates on the similarities between the salted paper and albumen printing processes and how they were toned. Osterman will also show examples of photographic techniques, including retouching negatives and waxing prints.

The Geography of Culture: Photographic Narratives in the Landscape of the American East

May 21 at 12:00 p.m. Screen Shot 2017-04-24 at 10.45.55 AM

Mitch Epstein, artist

East Building Auditorium

Mitch Epstein shares how the distress of the New England industrial town of his childhood and the vibrancy of the city of New York, where he’s lived for 45 years, have informed his photographic sensibility. Epstein traces his work, drawn from the eastern United States for nearly five decades, and considers it in the context of his 19th-century predecessors.

Events are free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis. Registration is not required.

Photo Credit: James Welling, courtesy of the artist (detail); Photo (detail) by Mark Osterman; Mitch Epstein, Amos Coal Power Plant, Raymond City, West Virginia 2004 (detail)

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