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Crash Course: Photography and the City


Crash Course: Photography and the City

$75 (Students: $45) • Wednesday or Saturday sessions

Former CMOA Curator of Photography Linda Benedict-Jones shares her vast knowledge about photography! Throughout history, the bustling complexity of city life—its people, structures, and culture—has intrigued photographers.

This two-part class will focus on the nature of this fascination, beginning as early as 1839 with Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre in France and William Henry Fox Talbot in England, and continuing through present day.

Many 20th-century image-makers—including Eugène Atget, Alfred Stieglitz, Margaret Bourke-White, Charles “Teenie” Harris, and others—found beauty in the structure and details of city centers. Less well-known photographers like Seth Voss Albee and Selden I. Davis captured the industrial pollution of Pittsburgh. This class will also investigate a broad selection of 21st-century photographers who use their lenses to advocate for change in the battle against urban air pollution.

Teachers: You can earn Act 48 activity hours for participating in this program. Email the Teacher Programs Coordinator at dGVhY2hlcnMgfCBjbW9hICEgb3Jn to request an application.

Image: Charles "Teenie" Harris, View of Hot Metal Bridge and mill smoke stacks on Monongahela River (detail), ca. 1935–1950, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

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