From Daguerreotype to Digital: Anthropology and Photography


Through April 7, 2013

Anthropology and photography have a long history together, dating back nearly to their origins in the mid-nineteenth century. Photography was embraced by anthropologists and others seeking new ways to portray human physiognomy, culture, and experience. Each technical innovation allowed anthropologists to expand their examination of human existence around the world, from early daguerreotypes to today's digital photographs and video.

From Daguerreotype to Digital: Anthropology and Photography opens Thursday June 28, 2012 with a free public reception from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.

The exhibition highlights some of greatest inventions in photographic history while exploring the implications for anthropology. Each photograph or set of photographs in the exhibition tells a number of stories—about the people or actions depicted within, about who took it and how it came to be taken, and about the photograph as an object and the technology used to produce it.

The exhibition is curated by Lisa Barbash, Associate Curator of Visual Anthropology.