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Early Photographic Processes

Understanding Materials and Techniques

Mondays, April 8 – April 29, 6 – 8pm

Martha Madigan. Geneta Mana (detail), 2000. © Martha Madigan 2018

$200; members $180

(4 classes)

About the Class

Photography in the 19th century was an inventive blend of science and art, alchemy and chemistry. What a photograph could reveal was directly tied to the way it was made, which is also true today. Inspired by our spring photography exhibition, this course looks at how the earliest photographs were created, with hands-on opportunities to experience those original processes as well as exposure to the resurgence of these practices by contemporary artists.

Capacity: 20


Martha Madigan

Madigan, a longtime professor of photography at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, has explored the history of photographic materials, from the earliest processes to the latest technologies. As a photographer, she is best known for her solar photograms and public artworks addressing aspects of nature and the human figure. Her work appears in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Art Institute of Chicago.