For Immediate Release

New Exhibition Opens June 28: From Daguerreotype to Digital: Anthropology and Photography

(Cambridge, May 30, 2012) 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 at Harvard University's Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology (11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge).

The exhibition highlights some of the 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.

About the Peabody Museum
The Peabody Museum is among the oldest archaeological and ethnographic museums in the world with one of the finest collections of human cultural history found anywhere. It is home to superb materials from Africa, ancient Europe, North America, Mesoamerica, Oceania, and South America in particular. In addition to its archaeological and ethnographic holdings, the Museum’s photographic archives, one of the largest of its kind, hold more than 500,000 historical photographs, dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the present and chronicling anthropology, archaeology, and world culture.

Hours and location: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., seven days a week. The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, $6 for children, 3–18. Free with Harvard ID or Museum membership. The Museum is free to Massachusetts residents Sundays, 9 A.M. to noon, year round, and Wednesdays from 3 P.M. to 5 P.M. (September to May). Admission includes admission to the Harvard Museum of Natural History. For more information call 617-496-1027 or go online to: The Peabody Museum is located at 11 Divinity Avenue in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Museum is a short walk from the Harvard Square MBTA station.



Where: Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
What and When: Free Exhibition Opening and Reception 4:30-6:30 PM, June 28, 2012.
Public Information: 617-496-1027 or