Andrew Hershberger will deliver the second of two lectures on “Exploring the History of Photography: Selected Photographers and Theorists,” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday (July 14) in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy.
His talks are related to his recent book, “Photographic Theory: An Historical Anthology” (Boston and Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014). The Society for Photographic Education awarded him a 2015 Insight Award for his work on this book and for his overall contributions to the field.
Hershberger’s book shows that photographic debates range far beyond aperture settings. The anthology includes writings on the relation between camera images and visual images, between photographic images and art, and between photography and memory. Many included texts address the questions “What is photography?” and “What should photographs look like?” and “What is digital photography?”
Hershberger’s two talks at the ASA are a homecoming of sorts for the art historian. He earned his BFA degree at the University of Arizona in 1992 and, after completing master’s and Ph.D. programs at the University of Chicago and Princeton University, he returned to Tucson with a 2004 Ansel Adams Research Fellowship at the UA’s Center for Creative Photography.
In the acknowledgments section of his book, he wrote: “Since my Adams Fellowship, I have been able to reconnect with the UA and the CCP through the support of three visiting scholarships at the Arizona Senior Academy (ASA) in 2006, 2007, and 2009. For these five-week summer scholarships and for their hospitality each time, I would like to thank: former UA President, Dr. Henry Koffler, ASA President Dr. Marcia Neugebauer, Administrator Kathie Van Brunt, as well as [resident members of the Senior Academy].”
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