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William Henry Fox Talbot, Rev. Calvert Richard Jones, The Fruit Sellers (detail), before December 13, 1845, salted paper print from a calotype negative, Gift of the William Talbott Hillman Foundation

Rethinking William Henry Fox Talbot

CMOA Theater

Free (Museum admission not required)


In conjunction with CMOA’s exhibition William Henry Fox Talbot and the Promise of Photography and to celebrate its final weekend, artists Lisa Oppenheim and Sara VanDerBeek come to Pittsburgh to discuss their practices and the influence of William Henry Fox Talbot on their work.

Lisa Oppenheim engages the full scope of photography’s history from William Henry Fox Talbot’s innovations to 21st-century social media. She activates both historical and contemporary imagery and techniques to consider changes in the medium’s technology and consumption and in an image’s interaction with the photographer and viewer.

Sara VanDerBeek explores the relationships between images and objects, and photography and memory. By combining photographs with both made and found sculptural forms, VanDerBeek exposes how images inform and distort our understanding of a subject and the contextual experience of its time, place, and scale.

This program is free and open to the public. William Henry Fox Talbot and the Promise of Photography is open through Sunday, February 11, 2018.