Vintage Camera Day at the Alice Austen House

Virtual Vintage Camera Day


Join us for our very first virtual Vintage Camera Day!
On Saturday, November 14th we will host live lectures from photo historians Katherine Manthorne & Daile Kaplan.


The event will be hosted online via Zoom.
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Katherine Manthorne

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1PM – 2PM


Sitting for a Woman Photographer in the 1860s

Imagine yourself back in the 1860s. You want to have your portrait taken. You go to the studio of Matilda Moore on Canal Street in New York City. This illustrated presentation recreates a visit to one of the hundreds of woman photographers who worked across the United States in those early days. We follow each stage of the experience: arriving in the waiting room, being arranged in the posing chair, being “shot” by Mrs. Moore operating the old box camera, and picking up your picture.



Daile Kaplan


TV lamp. American. 1950s.
Western-theme tabletop lamp with color photo transfer on vellum.
Courtesy Daile Kaplan.

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2:30PM – 3:30PM



Daile Kaplan will make a special presentation of her pop-photographia collection.


Pop-photographica is a term Kaplan coined to describe 3-dimensional objects adorned with photographic images. Kaplan will highlight objects in her collection to discuss the intersections of popular culture and photography.

Followed by a live Q&A discussion



Premiering on YouTube.
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The Cyanotype Process

Video premieres at 3:30pm

The cyanotype process uses a mixture of iron compounds, which when exposed to UV light and washed in water oxidise to create Prussian Blue images. The technique was invented in 1841 by Sir JohnHerschel and was popularised by photographer and botanist Anna Atkins.

Alice Austen House Teaching Artist Lee Donlon teaches a brief history on the cyanotype and instructs how to make your own at home via our YouTube on this special YouTube video premiere–subscribe to see the video when it premieres!



Nov 14 2020


1:00 pm - 4:00 pm



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