Photographer, Printer and Historian of Photographic Technology, Barret Oliver Lecture


The Photo Guild is excited to host Barret Oliver this week. Mr. Oliver will be giving a lecture in Speight Auditorium at 6:30pm on Tuesday, April 21st. Please join us! He is extremely interested in conversations with makers and thinkers outside of photography too.

Barret Oliver is a photographer, printer and historian of photographic technology. His book A History of the Woodburytype is the only scholarly analysis of this important printing process and the beginnings of the photomechanical industry. The historian and Professor Emeritus Princeton University, Peter Bunnell, noted that the book “broadens understanding of how photography became a truly modern medium of mass cultural import.”

In addition to making prints for artists, Oliver has been working with the Getty Conservation Institute, cataloging nineteenth century printing process through re-construction and scientific analysis. This effort has lead to the first ever documentation of many obscure, yet important developments in photographic technology.

For the past decade Oliver has been exploring the intersection of nineteenth century photography and contemporary thought. Combining a conceptual foundation with a vast repository of nineteenth century processes, his photographic constructions dissect and re-configure the photographic object in an attempt to develop new ways of understanding the world.

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