Intersections of Photography & Other Arts

Intersections of Photography & Other Arts


As the saying goes, it’s all about who you know that gets you where you want to go in life.  In the history of the connections between  photography and other arts it’s been that way too.  We will look at connections, that have built that history and, in some cases, changed it. Edgar Allan Poe, Georgia O’Keeffe, Lewis Carroll, Gertrude Stein and, of course, Ansel Adams can all be expected to make appearances.

Marty Hassell Bio
I had a lot of fun, for 30+ years of my career, teaching the History of Photography course in the Professional Photography Program at New England School of Photography in Boston.  Among other things, I was the Academic Director for 13 years and Dean of Students for 10.  I found being in the classroom with every student in the program enabled me to get to know each one of them.  The challenge was that all those students were there to learn how to become professional photographers, not historians.  A show of hands at the first class of each term showed that at least 2/3 of the students hated studying history!  As a result, I found myself telling stories from the History of Photography that were relevant to my students’ nascent lives as professional photographers and went beyond the dry (what happened at what date) approach that they apparently had experienced in the past.  I have focused on as much primary source research as possible and taken a holistic approach to the subject matter, so these stories have grown and multiplied over the years.  I continue to be fascinated by the saga of this, now ubiquitous, mode of expression and recording of history, so I continue to want to share these ever-evolving true tales.

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