Professor Graham Smith Presents An Illustrated Talk On His Recent Book "Photography And Travel"

Thursday February 28, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Photography and travel go hand in hand. Landmarks and scenic vistas are thronged by tourists trying to capture their memories on film or in megapixel. When the pioneers of photography, Henry Fox Talbot and Louis Daguerre, made their inventions public in 1839, advocates for the new technology immediately recognized photography's capability to vividly present the spectacles of the world, making famous sights accessible to those who were not able to personally experience them.

Graham Smith's lavishly illustrated talk will cover the inventions of photography in 1839, then describe early applications of the new medium to the practice of travel. He will share a sampling of rare 19th century photographs from Italy and Scotland, two countries he knows well, as well as contemporaneous pictures from Egypt and China, countries he knows not at all.

The body of his talk will explore the ongoing relationship between 19th century photography and travel, as presented in his recently published book "Photography and Travel." Books will be on sale and the event includes a book signing.

Formerly a U-M faculty member, Graham Smith is now Professor Emeritus in Art History at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and since 2001, has been editor of the international journal History of Photography, in addition to numerous other publications.