Sep 8th – 19th Century Portrait Photography Exhibit Preview with Davis Museum Curator Carrie Cushman

Cushman with Wellesley students

PHSNE member Carrie Cushman, Curatorial Fellow in Photography at Wellesley’s Davis Museum, will speak at the September meeting about an upcoming exhibition “Making, Not Taking: Portrait Photography in the 19th Century.” The exhibit will recreate a 19th century portrait studio amidst selections from the museum’s extensive collection of daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, cartes de visite, cabinet cards, and tintypes.

Cushman’s presentation will focus on some portraits from Japan, which come from a large collection of Meiji-era photography purchased by Mary Alice Knox, a Professor of History at Wellesley College who traveled to East Asia in 1886 expressly to gather materials from which to teach. These large, hand-colored albumen prints were used by Professor Knox in the classroom and became a part of the Davis collection in the 1980s. The collection includes typical photographs made by Japanese photographers for export: images of samurai, Buddhist pilgrims, and Japanese beauties that display traditional material culture. However, Knox also acquired more unusual prints, such as a rare portrait of the Meiji Empress Haruko, 1872 (at right), reflecting her own agenda as a female professor working at an all-women’s college in the late 19th century.

Cushman, the exhibit’s curator, joined the Davis Museum in the fall of 2018 after completing her Ph.D. in the History of Art at Columbia University. She specializes in the history of Japanese photography and wrote her dissertation on Miyamoto Ryuji, the “ruins photographer” of Japan. “Making, Not Taking” will open at the Davis on February 13, 2020 and run through June 7, 2020.

PHSNE meetings are free and open to the public. The meeting is on Sunday, September 8, 2019, and the location is:
Women’s Club Workshop
72 Columbus Street
Newton Highlands, MA

The Board of Directors will meet at 11:00 a.m.
Program begins at 1:30 p.m.

Apr 6th – PHOTOGRAPHICA 88 is coming!

WHAT: PHOTOGRAPHICA 88 – the largest show of analog cameras, lenses, photographic equipment, supplies, and images in New England.

WHEN: Saturday, April 6th, 2019 – ONE DAY ONLY!

WHERE: American Legion Post 440, 295 California Street, Newton MA

SHOW TIME: 9:00AM – 4:00PM
* Early-Bird Admission: 7:00AM (Extra cost)
* Dollar Table Opens: 11:00AM
* PHSNE Auction: 4:30PM until done.

Year after year, Photographica is well attended and highly successful. We invite the public and PHSNE members to join us and bring friends, family, and any photo enthusiasts you know. The Dollar Table will be open at 11:00 A.M. There’s a free cake and ice cream event at 1:00 P.M.

Besides the large free American Legion Post parking lot, there is additional parking across the street from the building on neighborhood side streets.

For the latest list of PHSNE Auction items CHECK THIS LINK

DEALERS: There’s still time to reserve a table at Photographica 88. Email Show Manager John Dockery: