Vintage Camera Day
Join us for our annual Vintage Camera Day with a full program of activities connecting us with the dynamic history of photography.
November 18, 12-4pm - $10 admission* (12 and under free) *includes admission to the museum
Camera Obscura - all day (guided session @ 3pm)
One of the rooms of our historic house will be turned into a room-sized camera! Experience the fundamentals of photography in a walk-in camera obscura, positioned to project the front lawn of the museum. Dating as far back as 400BC, this magical invention was the starting point of photography. (Suitable for all ages, participants must be comfortable with sitting in a completely darkened room for an extended period of time)
Dear Alice, - all day
Can you find the sites here at Clear Comfort where Alice Austen staged many of her photographs? Inspired by Taylor Jones’ community photo project, Dear Photograph, we welcome visitors to align the past with the present. Using copies of Alice’s photos, seek out the locations where she composed her shots and recreate your own image. (Suitable for all ages)
Storytelling with Found Photographs Workshop - 12:30pm-2pm (registration required)
AAH educators Kristen Bartley & Jeanne Donegan will lead participants in a 90-minute workshop, working with found vernacular photographs from the mid-twentieth century to create new narratives and meaning. Participants are welcome to bring in their own photographs or choose from our selection. Each participant will have an opportunity to take home a mini zine of their work. (Workshop is limited to 15 participants with a $5 materials fee. Suitable for ages 12 and up.)
A Peek into Alice's Darkroom - 2pm-3pm
Normally closed off to the public, AAH Director of Collections, Kristine Allegretti, will give visitors a peek into Alice’s upstairs darkroom with a show and tell of the various types of prints Alice made through her career. (Suitable for all ages, groups limited to 4 at a time)
Alice's Home Movies Screening - all day
In addition to still photography, Alice also experimented with moving images in the 1920s and 30s. These personal home movies filmed around her home, Clear Comfort, featuring a menagerie of cats, friends, passing ships and more will be playing on loop in our study for the duration of the event.