Glyphs of Time :: a blog by jarvis grant

February 21, 2010

Visit to the National Gallery of Art

Filed under: Art History,Museum,Observations,Photography — Jarvo @ 3:53 pm
Self Portrait at NGA-2010

After viewing vintage prints @ the NGA I made this photograph in my "darkroom".

This past Friday afternoon, I went down to the National Gallery of art to attend a Gallery Talk on their exhibit, In the Darkroom: Photographic Processes before the Digital Age. It was a small group andthe lecturer, J. Russell Sale, did a very good job in enlightening the group on the history of the photographic precesses between 1839 -1945. It’s amazing to think that in the brief time that photography has exsisted, about 170 years, there have been more  2D images made than most of human recorded history. No longer are only the portrayal of those noted human beings who have made their mark, whether good or evil, on this planet have been recorded. Now the images of everybody doing anything can be captured by anybody! Even 5 year old kids can make moving pictures with color & sound, and post them to the Internet to their grandparents hundreds of miles away. I often wonder what would Mathew Brady, or Augustus Washington do with such technology.   How much more of their world would we know? How much would that have informed & changed the world they lived in?

To learn a little more about the exhibit, In the Darkroom: Photographic Processes before the Digital Age, checkout this podcast by Sarah Kennel, associate curator, department of photographs, National Gallery of Art, Washington.


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