Vacaville Museum presents 'The History and Evolution of Photography' an illustrated talk

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The Vacaville Museum is honored to present Dr. Jay Keystone, who will be the first speaker of the 2019-2020 Arts & Lecture season on Saturday April 27, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the Museum, 213 Buck Ave., Vacaville.   Dr. Keystone will be presenting “The History and Evolution of Photography” in connection with the Museum’s new exhibit, Through the Lens: Our Fruitful Heritage.  The exhibit highlights how the Vaca Valley became known for its superb agricultural abundance, as it was first portrayed by the photographic work of William R. Nutting, in the book, California Illustrated No, written by Professor Edward Wickson in the 1880’s. Dr. Keystone received his MD from the University of Michigan, and while in Ann Arbor as a young man, discovered the importance of photography as an art form.  His fine art photography collection began in 1963, and by 1980—100 years after Nutting photographed the Vaca Valley. At the inception of intense public interest in the art, he opened a fine art photography gallery in Santa Barbara with his wife, Lanie. His interest and engagement with fine art photography has continued to this day. The talk will focus on the early days of photography, including the origin of the art and its development.  It will feature photographers from the 19th and 20th centuries, including  such masters as early masters as Daguerre, Matthew Brady, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, among others.  In addition, the evolution of the photographic process itself will be highlighted. Examples of Daguerrotypes, Ambrotypes, tintypes, glass plate negatives, albumen prints, stereoscopes and autochromes will be featured and on hand to view. Together with the elegant new exhibition, this will be the fascinating story of how photography, the Vaca-Valley and the country influenced one another and grew up together.  The story of photography is our story. This is a free community event and seating is very limited.  Please call for reservations at the Museum: 707-447-4513 The talk will be at the Museum, Saturday, April 27, at 2 p.m. at 213 Buck Ave.Museum hours are Wednesday-Sunday  1-4:30 p.m.]]>

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