Photography Lecture Series
Thursdays, November 6, 20 & December 11, 6:30 p.m.
The Frist Center is pleased to present a special three-part photography lecture series, featuring expert speakers who will each address a different aspect of the medium. The series is presented in conjunction with the current exhibition, The Best of Photography and Film From the George Eastman House Collection. The series is free to the public.
Thursday, November 20
Photography Lecture Series, Part II
“Is the Medium the Message?”
In 1964, Marshall McLuhan declared that the “medium is the message.” Susan H. Edwards, Ph.D., executive director and CEO of the Frist Center and photography scholar, examines his claims in the context of the history of photography. She discusses how images produced by photochemical processes immediately altered perceptions of time and space. Her talk confirms that the medium of photography changed the course of police work, medicine, journalism, the visual arts and material culture. In the digital age, even the social consequences of photography are changing. What is the message of this medium? How is the digital divide changing society?
Thursday, December 11
Photography Lecture Series, Part III
“Civil War Photography”
Guest speaker Brooks Johnson, consultant to the Chrysler Museum of Art (Norfolk, Va.), explores the work of photographers of the Civil War and iconic photographs on view in The Best of Photography and Film from the George Eastman House Collection. In addition, he explains the various photographic techniques used during this time period.