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GTM Curator Talk: “Why Do We Need Photography?”

July 28, 2021, at 7:00 pm


Curator Talk by Louise Weinberg, Co-Director, Director of Exhibitions/Collections, and Curator, Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College

From x-rays of the body’s interior to the most recent images produced by NASA’s Hubble telescope, photography shows us our world in micro to macro. Bringing together iconic works from the permanent collection of the Museum with works from other collections including the curator’s own, Why Do We Need Photography? serves to remind us of how we describe, commemorate, document, and communicate as human beings. We honor passages in time in our own lives and the lives of others by marking events of birth, graduation, marriage, illness, and death. Many familiar photographic genres will be examined such as landscape, documentary, scientific, portrait, fashion, street, travel, architecture, and aerial framed within the history of the form itself beginning in about 1826 with the work of Joseph Nicephore Niépce in France.

Image above:
Arab Village: Jew, Negro and Arab, Iraq, c. 1935 by Annemarie Schwarzenbach (Swiss, 1908-1942)
Copy print from original negative




Copy print from original negative


July 28, 2021
7:00 pm
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This virtual event will stream online; ticket holders will receive email link prior to event date.