Photo Histories: Material Histories Online

2 November 2021, 19:00 to 20:30
Photo of someone wearing purple gloves handling an old photo

Redeye's Photo Histories is a new strand of events that looks at some of the many histories that photography can uncover. The strand features photographers, archivists, scholars and historians exploring some of the lesser-known and under represented histories of photography.


The study of photographic history has often depended on interacting physically with materials - we learn a lot about prints, negatives, plates and equipment from handling them. But now much more of our life is online, and that’s likely to continue. So how do we adapt this subject to the restrictions of online learning - and what are the possible benefits and new opportunities of learning in the digital world?

We are delighted to welcome Professor Kelley Wilder to guide us through this renewed learning space. 

In this talk Kelley introduces some photographic materials and explores how we can interact with them in a meaningful way. She will invite us to consider how the digital world is changing what we learn about materials, and how we learn it. You are then welcome to take part in an open discussion, where she creates talking points, demonstrates a few things, and sets out some ambitions for a new world of learning. Come along and join in as much as you like; if you would like to sit back and listen, that is fine too!

Photo Histories are delivered in partnership with The Photographic Collections Network.


Dr Kelley Wilder is a photographic historian, with interests in the cultures of science and knowledge generated by photography and photographic practice.  In her work Kelley considers the photographic practices of nineteenth century scientists and artists like William Henry Fox Talbot, Sir John Herschel, Henri Becquerel and others. New projects include work on photographic catalogues and archives, and nineteenth and twentieth century material cultures of photographic industry and image making.


Online! You will need an internet connection and a computer, smartphone or tablet. 

This event takes place over Zoom. You are welcome to have your camera or microphone on or off, and you can participate in the discussion or simply spectate. 


Tuesday 2nd November, 7 - 8:30pm

Booking will close on Tuesday 2nd November at 4pm and we will then be in touch with everyone who has registered with the meeting code and password. 


Who is it for?
This event is free and open to all. It is particularly recommended for anyone who wants to learn more about photographic history, or is involved in teaching that subject. It might also be of interest to anyone teaching online.


Please register for free by 4pm on Tuesday 2nd November to receive your invitation to the meeting. You will need to make an account with us to register but you don't need to be a member.


At the time you book your ticket, we encourage you to make a donation. Please consider it as it will help us do more! All your donations are put straight back into expanding our programme.


Subtitles (Closed Captioning) will be enabled for this talk. We will explain at the start how to switch them on and off, or see this link.


Photo: Paul Herrmann; visit by Photographic Collections Network to Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, Cheshire


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