Symposium: A Century of Haverford Alumni Photographers 1874 to 1979Symposium: A Century of Haverford Alumni Photographers 1874 to 1979http://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/67262KINSC Sharpless 016 Auditorium2008-09-20T09:00:002008-09-20T17:00:00
September 20,2008 9:00AM–5:00PM
KINSC Sharpless 016 Auditorium
The Whittler - John G. Bullock HC 1874
Photographs were first acquired for instructional purposes at Haverford College in 1870- thus, it is not surprising that alumni of the college have become photographers of the first rank, making major contributions to the field.
John G. Bullock class of 1874 was one of the most influential leaders and photographers to promote photography as an art form. His naturalist, pictorial landscapes and portraits express a subjective interpretation of external reality. The Alpine photographs of the Canadian Rocky Mountains made by the Vaux family-George (class of 1884), William (class of 1893), their sister Mary, and George's son George (class of 1930)-lead the way in establishing this landscape as both a subject for artists and for the scientific study of its climate and geology. As photographers and editors at the Farm Security Administration (FSA), Department of Agriculture Historical Section during the Great Depression, Edwin Rosskam (class of 1924) and his wife Louise developed the photographic sequence into a dynamic graphic layout, which they adapted to communicate the plight of the rural poor to the urban poor. Peter Moore (class of 1955) photographed nearly every avant-garde performance in New York from 1962 to 1974, compiling an archive of thousands of pictures that is the most accurate representation of this ephemeral art form. Andrew Borowiec received his degree in 1979 and has used his camera to explore the social world of people and their environments. In 2000 his photographs of the Ohio River Valley were published, a project that took 14 years to complete.
Free and open to the public, this day long symposium on September 20th will acknowledge these photographers by bringing together a distinguished group of scholars to examine a heretofore-unexplored aspect of Philadelphia photographic history. The symposium will be concurrent with an exhibition of the same name on view through September 21 in the Cantor-Fitzgerald Gallery in the Whitehead Campus Center.
9 a.m. Opening remarks: William E. Williams, Audrey A. and John L.Dusseau Professor in the Humanities and Curator of Photography, Haverford College
9:30-10 a.m. Verna Posever Curtis, Curator of Photography, Prints and Photographs Division, the Library of Congress: “Haverford Alumni, Philadelphia and the History of American Photography”
10:15-10:45 a.m. Tom Beck, Chief Curator of Art, University of Maryland: “John G. Bullock and the Pictorial Avant-garde”
11-11:30 a.m. Edward Cavell, Former Curator of Photographs, Whyte Museum, Banff, Alberta, Canada: “The Vaux Family and the Canadian Alps”
Noon-1 p.m. lunch 1:30-2 p.m. Gary Saretzky, Adjunct Associate Professor, Arts and Communication, Mercer County Community College: “Edwin and Louise Rosskam: Documentary Photographers”
2:15-2:45 p.m. Tom Garver ‘56, Founding Curator, O. Winston Link Museum, Roanoke, Virginia: “The Photographs of Peter I. Moore (1932-1993)"
3:3:30 p.m. Tom E. Hinson, Curator of Photography, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio: “Andrew Boroweic”
3:30-4 p.m. Moderated discussion
4:15-5 p.m. light refreshments
The Symposium is sponsored by the Distinguished Visitors Committee, The Hurford Humanities Center and Department of Fine Arts
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