A New History of the First Photograph
Jessica S. McDonald, the Nancy Inman and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Curator of Photography, rethinks the historical moment, as well as the personal circumstance, shaping Helmut and Alison Gernsheim's announcement of their "re-discovery of the world's first photograph" in 1952. She presents a critical examination of the Gernsheims' subsequent rewriting of the history of photography and their championing of Joseph Nicephore Niepce as the sole inventor of photography, and considers the legacy of those efforts on the Ransom Center's interpretation of the Gernsheim collection today. This event is free and open to the public; donations welcome. Please be aware that the Ransom Center's Charles Nelson Prothro Theater seats 125. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.