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Photography on the Edge: The Worlds of Maine Women Photographers at the Turn-of-the-Century

May 11, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Emma D. Sewall, [Fisherman's Children], ca. 1886

In this richly illustrated Zoom lecture, Libby Bischof, Executive Director of the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education and Professor of History at the University of Southern Maine, will discuss the work of several Maine women photographers at the turn-of-the-century, through the lens of their diverse experiences and worldviews and the larger context of amateur photography, with special emphasis on maritime connections. Photographers to be discussed include: Emma D. Sewall, Chansonetta Stanley Emmons, Joanna Colcord, Emma Lewis Coleman, Lucy Dodge, Ruth Montgomery, Abbie F. Minott, and Josephine Ginn Banks.

Libby Bischof explores American society through the lens of history––and the lens of a camera. A nineteenth-century American cultural historian, Professor Bischof specializes in the history of photography, particularly in Maine.  She is the co-author of the 2015 book Maine Photography: A History, 1840-2015.  In 2011, she co-curated the exhibition Maine Moderns: Art in Sequinland, 1900-1940 at the Portland Museum of Art with Senior Curator Susan Danly. The show won the critic’s choice award for best Historic Show in the 2011 New England Art Awards. Her other research interests include Maine history, modernism, how friendship informs cultural production, and nineteenth-century New England women writers.

This event is free, but preregistration is required. A link to join the video conference will be sent separately.


May 11, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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