Pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier Sher­brooke

Did you know that pho­tog­ra­phy was born dur­ing the time of An­tiq­uity? Ob­vi­ously not the ap­pa­ra­tuses or tech­niques that we are fa­mil­iar with, those that came forth dur­ing the 1800’s, but the first re­search done on light and op­tics, about 2000 years ago. Later, chemists tried to ‘write with light’ by us­ing fil­ters and other ma­te­ri­als. Nev­er­the­less it was only with the work of Da­guerre, Maddox and East­man that hu­man­ity was fi­nally able to cap­ture and re­pro­duce the ef­fects of light. Since then, it has been evolv­ing. Pho­tog­ra­phy, which re­quired an ex­pos­ing time of three min­utes at the be­gin­ning of the 1900’s, now takes three mil­lionths of a sec­ond to­day. At the turn of the century, one click was ex­pen­sive; to­day we take a hun­dred pho­tos and look at two. It is this re­la­tion­ship with the im­age that the So­ci­ete d’his­toire de Sher­brooke ex­plores with its new ex­hi­bi­tion A travers la lentille.

More than 75 arte­facts, cam­eras from the 19th century, and 150 pho­to­graphs of Sher­brooke through the years will al­low vis­i­tors to dis­cover the de­vel­op­ment of pho­tograph­tak­ing tech­niques. Come and see the real equip­ment of a pho­to­graphic stu­dio of 1900, a dark room, and hear the spe­cial tech­niques of pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers.

A travers la lentille will run un­til Novem­ber 9th, 2014. It is pre­sented in the Amer­i­can Bil­trite hall of the So­ci­ete d’his­toire de Sher­brooke at 275 Duf­ferin, in Shrbrooke.

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