American Women Photographers (1840-1920)

Course Dates: 
8 weeks: March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13
Wednesdays, 2-4 p.m.
Angelyn Whitmeyer
Course Catalogs: 
2020 Spring

In this introduction to the first U.S. photographers, we will focus on a selection of women who created work from 1840-1920. Each week, we will thoroughly discuss one image for each of the two to three women photographers. Following the discussion, there is a biographical sketch and presentation of additional images created by the photographer. Our study includes a brief review of early photographic techniques, with an opportunity to handle and closely examine a daguerreotype, ambrotype, stereograph, carte de visite, cabinet card, and tintype. Photographers include Charlotte Prosch, Francis and Mary Allen, Evelyn Cameron, Francis Benjamin Johnston, and Gertrude Kasebier. 

Instructor: Angelyn Whitmeyer ( loves to create and to learn. She is skilled with hand-made books, paper crafts, photography, sewing, and knitting. She taught College for Seniors courses on pop-up techniques for cards and books since Spring 2018. Her current interests include African-American artists and early photographers. Angelyn volunteers as a docent with the Asheville Art Museum.

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