Public lecture on photography at the Harvard Allston Education Portal

November 26, 2012 at 6:28 am

The Harvard Allston Education Portal (Ed Portal) is hosting a free public lecture “Performing for the Camera: Some Thoughts on Photography" on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 6 p.m. at the Ed Portal, 175 North Harvard Street, Allston, MA, 02134.

The presentation will be given by Professor Robin Kelsey, Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography; Chair of the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University.

“Smile for the camera!” is a familiar refrain. From the family vacation portrait to the White House photo-op, performing for the camera is essential to how we represent and understand ourselves. Professor Kelsey will discuss the history of performing for the camera from the early days of the Daguerreotype to the digital era.

Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP here by Monday, Dec. 3 or by phone at 617-496-5022.

Free event parking is available at 219 Western Avenue, Allston, adjacent to the Education Portal.

Professor Robin Kelsey is the author of Archive Style: Photographs and Illustrations for U.S. Surveys, 1850-1890, and co-editor with Blake Stimson of The Meaning of Photography. He is at work on two books, one about photography and chance and another about photography in America during the Cold War. He has received several awards for his scholarship and teaching, including the Arthur Kingsley Porter prize from the College Art Association.

Visit the Ed Portal's website for more information about the Faculty Speaker Series.