An Evening with Denise Bethel

AN EVENING WITH DENISE BETHEL

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18TH  | 5:30 – 7:30 PM

AT CANDELA GALLERY


“RESURRECTING THE IMPORTANT”

The Nineteenth Century and Contemporary Photography

Recent years have seen a number of contemporary photographers turn to 19th-century photographic processes, from the daguerreotype, ambrotype, and tintype to the wet plate and the camera obscura. What things do these anachronistic methods bring to the field of contemporary photography? Is it possible to re-direct a medium now accustomed to the speed and ease of a cell phone camera? This talk will explore what might be learned from the photographers of the 19th century and how these lessons are being used by some of the most adventurous artists of today.

Denise Bethel, formerly Chairman of the Photographs Department at Sotheby’s, Inc., spent over three decades in the photographs auction business in New York, where she set world records for artists ranging from Southworth & Hawes and Alfred Stieglitz to Edward Weston and Diane Arbus. A Richmond native, she holds a B. A. from Hollins College, Virginia, and an M. A. from London’s Courtauld Institute of Art, where her second year was funded by a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts graduate fellowship. She is now an independent advisor, writer, and lecturer based in New York City.

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