There Ain’t No Tin in Tintypes: History of Photography, part one

The fascinating early history of photography takes us from the camera obscura to the dry-plate process, with all its experimentations, challenges. wonders, and  successes. Elinor also brings samples of photographs made by these remarkable early processes. This should be a "must" program for anyone interested in photography.


Brahms, Potatoes, and Cuttlefish: History of Photography, part two

This presentation continues the story of the amazing inventions and discoveries that have given us roll film, color photographs, and cameras that let photography be everyone's favorite hobby. 



An audience favorite, this presentation is full of humor as well as thought-provoking serious content. It is about art criticism, but the approach is unique. It begins with showing photographs by the avant garde Hungarian photographer known as Ronile, while Elinor reads the gallery notes that accompanied an exhibit of Ronile's work. The photographs are actually dreadful, but the pretentiously written gallery notes praise their virtues and the nuances of Ronile's technique. Slowly, the audience comes to realize that critics often read meanings into images that may have no relation to what the artist had in mind. The program will make one consider how remarks by a highly regarded critic can influence our evaluation of a photograph or painting. 


Book It: The Nontraditional World of Artists Books

We think of books as being a stack of pages bound together within covers. But “artists books” are different. They are innovative, unique, handmade books created with unusual  bindings, distinctive  shapes, and nontraditional materials. The pages may be thin as tissue paper, hard as wood, or clear as glass. My presentation includes digital slides of several hundred of these amazing books as well as a display of actual artists books.


Bookmarked: Amazing Altered Books

Unlike artists books, altered books are those that have been strikingly changed in appearance and function. In this slide presentation you'll see books with embellished pages, books carved into amazing sculptures, and books whose pages are curled, rolled, or shredded. There are books whose pages are folded into intricate shapes and designs, and there are books that were turned into useful objects– think a holder for utensils or a headboard for a bed. And there are books by the hundreds that form arches and walls. The program also includes a brief history of altered books as well as a display of books for attendees to appreciate.




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