From famous locations to the simplest home vegetable garden, from worlds imagined by artists to vintage family snapshots, The Photographer in the Garden (Aperture and George Eastman Museum, 2018) traces the garden’s rich history in photography and delights readers with spectacular images.
At this talk, Jamie M. Allen, Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Associate Curator in the Department of Photography at the George Eastman Museum and author of the book’s essay, will explore the relationships between photography, botanical images, and the cultivated landscape. Her talk will span the history of photography, starting with the medium’s invention in the nineteenth century. She will point out important photographic processes along the way—from daguerreotype to digital photography—while discussing the work of diverse photographers, including Anna Atkins, Edward Steichen, Imogen Cunningham, Stephen Shore, Abelardo Morell, Andrew Buurman, Tanya Marcuse, Sharon Core, Ori Gersht, Rachel Sussman, and Brad Temkin.
After the lecture, Allen will sign copies of her book.
Jamie M. Allen is the Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Associate Curator in the Department of Photography at the George Eastman Museum. She has curated exhibitions such as Nathan Lyons: In Pursuit if Magic (2019), #LarsonShindelman #Mobility (2019), Photography and America’s National Parks (2016), In the Garden (2015), Astro-Visions (2013), Between the States: Photographs of the American Civil War(2011), Portrait (2010), and The Photograph Collection: An Introduction (2008). Her books include Nathan Lyons: In Pursuit of Magic (University of Texas Press, 2019), The Photographer in the Garden (Aperture, 2018), Picturing America’s National Parks (Aperture, 2016), and the essay “From Vision to Reality: A Transition from Pictorialism to Modernism” in Imogen Cunningham (TF Editores/D.A.P, 2012/2013). She is currently co-curating a retrospective exhibition of works by Bea Nettles with a related catalog, Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory (University of Texas Press, 2019). Allen holds an M.A. in photographic preservation and collections management from Ryerson University in coordination with the George Eastman Museum, as well as a B.A. in art history and a B.F.A. in photography from the University of Arizona, Tucson.
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