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Mark Osterman on The Evolution of Chemical Imagery

Smith College Department of Art
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Inventing Photography: The Evolution of Chemical Imagery
Monday, April 9th at 4:30PM

Free and open to the public with a reception to follow.

Graham Hall, Smith College
22 Elm Street
Northampton, 01063

Mark Osterman, Photographic Process Historian at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York will give an illustrated presentation on the early evolution of chemical photography. Osterman’s talk will cover why and how photography was invented including its origins in the 18th century to why there were so many unusual ways to make photographic images for the first hundred years of the medium.

Mark Osterman is Photographic Process Historian at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY. He is internationally recognized for his primary research, writings and demonstrations of the technical evolution of photography from the silhouette to making gelatin emulsion film. His entertaining presentation on the evolution of chemical photography will be from both a historical and personal perspective based on first-hand manipulation of these processes, often on location where they were invented. Mark and his wife, France Scully Osterman, are best known for initiating the modern movement of using wet collodion ambrotypes, tintypes and glass negatives for new art. Osterman’s own imagery, ambrotypes and salt print self-portraits as a traveling medicine man, often feature ghost imagery and 19th-century image manipulation techniques. Osterman is represented by Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC, Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, Japan and Tilt Gallery, Scottsdale Arizona.