Photography: The First Hundred Years

Presented by Jim DelGiudice

Thursday, September 10 at 6:30 PM

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From its birth in France to its introduction in the U.S. by Samuel Morse, to its modernization as an art form by Steichen and Stieglitz, photography’s first century fits perfectly in its historical context.

In this lecture, New Jersey photojournalist Jim DelGiudice will look at photos from the Victorian Era that made history—why a snapshot of Abe Lincoln’s tousled hair, for example, helped gain him the presidency.

Along with each image, we’ll examine how and why the observed event happened—and what it was that made it worthy of the photographer pressing the button…

About Jim DelGiudice: 

Jim DelGiudice is a lifetime New Jersey resident who picked up a camera on graduating from the Newhouse School in 1979 and has been documenting his world ever since. In June 2020, his article “Distance Learning in the Time of COVID” appeared in Garden State Legacy Magazine. Jim has provided the photography for several National Register of Historic Places nominations and has been the primary photographer for 2 books about New Jersey architecture for Rutgers University Press. As of July 2020, his travel photos for Google Maps have been viewed more than 30 million times. Along with his teaching in Drew University’s Historic Preservation Certificate program, these achievements won Jim a share of the NJ Historic Preservation Award three times. He also served as an adjunct at County College of Morris for 35 years and has lectured at Columbia University’s graduate program in historic preservation, Seton Hall University, New Jersey City University, and Pratt Institute. Since 2013, through his Judson Lecture Series, Jim has reached out to adult and professional groups around the metropolitan area. The mission of the series is to teach, as Cicero taught, with words that delight, and through images, bring history back to life.