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Trip: Harvard Art Museums to see exhibit: White Shadows: Anneliese Hager and the Camera-less Photograph

March 18, 2022 @ 1:00 pm

The bus departs at 1:00 pm for a trip to the Harvard Art Museums to see the exhibit: White Shadows: Anneliese Hager and the Camera-less Photograph. Explore how the innovative camera-less photography of German artist Anneliese Hager (1904–1997) relates to science and poetry, in this first exhibition to focus on the role of women makers in the history of the photogram. Despite the cloud of Nazi censure hanging over mid-1930s Germany, Anneliese Hager made significant contributions to the medium of camera-less photography and to the wider surrealist movement in Europe. The camera-less photograph, or photogram, is an image made by placing objects directly on (or in close proximity to) a light-sensitive surface and then exposing the assembled material to light. In its final form, a photogram reverses light and dark: the longer the paper is covered, and hence unexposed, the brighter the covered parts will be, and vice versa. Referring to that effect as “white shadows,” Hager developed her experimental darkroom practice through her knowledge of and fascination with the natural sciences. Also a talented surrealist poet, she often paired photograms she made using everyday domestic objects with the naturalistic vibrancy of her own words. Approximate return: 3:30 pm. Fee: $38 for transportation and admission. Sign up at the Front Desk under “Trips.” Please indicate if you have membership to the museum. Museum members will be responsible for arranging for their own tickets.


March 18, 2022
1:00 pm
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