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HumBox Virtual Lecture

Pandemic History with Julian Rankin | Friday, July 31 | 5:30–7 pm

Developed by the Mississippi Humanities Council, HumBox is a Virtual, Interactive Forum on current topics. Julian Rankin, director of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, will host a Zoom HumBox presentation on Pandemic History created by Dr. Amy W. Forbes, Associate Professor of History and Director of European Studies at Millsaps College. Rankin will host the presentation from his office in Ocean Springs.

You can join us live at The MAX, or participate from home via Facebook Live. Participants are invited to pose questions and topics of discussion. Free and open to the public. Registration required.

To attend in person, register here, or join us on Zoom! (Meeting ID: 837 6031 3021 / Passcode: 373548)

The MAX Online Lecture Series

2:00 – 2:45 PM, Wednesday and Friday
April 15 – June 17, 2020

Speaker: Tony Lewis, Ph.D. – Curator of Education and Historian, MAX
Contact: tony@msarts.org

The lecture series surveys the history of photography from its inception in the 1820s to the present day. It focuses on photography in the wider social and cultural context. Issues of photographic truth, ethics, informational content, the artistic status of photographs, and the professional status of photographers shall be examined in connection to the technical innovations. You may tune in to some or all of the lecture offerings.

A. To learn to appreciate and evaluate the artistic value of photography.
B. To understand photography as a form of communication in relation to textual and visual representations
C. To recognize key historical photographers and differences in stylistic approaches
D. To explore debates about the objectivity and subjectivity of photography, photographic truth, photographic manipulation, ethics, and legal issues
E. To understand historical issues and perspectives that are have been contested and reflect on the concept of inclusiveness in photographs.
F. To recognize and appreciate different photographic media including digital media, and the Internet and social media.
G. To understand the technical innovations associated with photography

Accessing Zoom
You can access Zoom on a computer, tablet or mobile phone.  It is a very easy process. First, go here: https://zoom.us/freesignup/  Second, enter an email address and confirm. They shall send you a link to verify. Third, click on the verification email link which shall take you to the Zoom website where you can establish a password. Fourth, sign into Zoom and access the meeting using code provided in an email invitation from the MAX. The course is limited to 100 participants.

The MAX - History of Photography

This class has concluded. Stay tuned for more talks.

Class Resources

A World History of Photography: 5th Edition
by Naomi Rosenblum

3rd and 4th editions are also useful and may be purchased used form many vendors at a substantial discount

Schedule of Lectures


15 The Pre-History of Photography
17 Origins of the Photograph
22 The Daguerreotype and the Calotype
24 Reproducibility: Albumen & the carte-de-visite
29 Landscape &c.


1 The Photographer as Documentarian
6 War Photography
8  Photography as Art (1839-1890) and Color
12 Moving Images, Color, and Other Innovations
15 Against Objectivity: Pictorialism
19 The Concerned Photograph
22 The Great Depression and Beyond
27 Modernism
29  Photography and the News: The 20th c


3  Fashion and Celebrity
5  “Straight” Photography
10 Manipulation
12 Photography and Civil Justice
17 Digital Imaging and Postmodernism

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