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The Idea of the Camera: The Camera Obscura and the Journey to Photography

Monday, March 4, 2019 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM


Missouri History Museum
5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112 United States
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Registration not required. FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome. Parking is free in the History Museum lots, on the street in Forest Park, or in the East and West lots across from the Judith and Dennis Jones Visitor Center.

Featured Speaker: Bill Barrett, Professor and Electronic & Photographic Media Coordinator, BA Photography Program; and Director, May Gallery, School of Communications; Fellow, Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, Webster University

That an image of the world outside is projected into a darkened room has been known, if not always fully understood, for some two thousand years. The “camera obscura” (Latin for darkened room) long predated photography, and is still “under the hood” of every camera. Photographer and professor, Bill Barrett takes a look at early mentions of the phenomenon, some medieval and Renaissance applications, and shares how “fixing the image” finally led to photography as we know it in the 19th century.

The Idea of the Camera is presented in conjunction with the Missouri History Museum exhibition, Panoramas of the City, on display at the Museum through Sunday, March 24.

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Monday, March 4, 2019
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
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Missouri History Museum
5700 Lindell Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63112 United States
+ Google Map