A Photographic Truth - Mark Osterman Lecture
March 28, 7 - 9 PM
From the time the inventors of photography struggled to produce and preserve the earliest attempts at chemical imagery, photographers have used the medium to create their own truths. In the illustrated lecture, A Photographic Truth, Mark Osterman presents a humorous and informative look at how certain elements of photography are inherently untruthful and subject to manipulation. Osterman's observations are based on primary research inspecting original artifacts from the George Eastman Museum collection, as well as his experiences recreating photographic processes that include the asphalt heliographs of Nicephore Niepce up to the earliest attempts of the Edison laboratory's motion picture film.
About Mark Osterman
Mark Osterman, Photographic Process Historian for the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York, teaches public and private workshops in early photographic processes from Niepce heliographs to gelatin emulsions. After beginning his research into historic photographic processes while attending the Kansas City Art Institute in the 1970s, he went on to co-publish The Collodion Journal from 1995-2002, and write and edit portions of the New Focal Encyclopedia of Photography. For ten years Osterman taught process identification for the Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation at Eastman Museum, and his writings have become important references for the international conservation community. While widely recognized as the foremost expert in the evolution of photography, Osterman is best known for his research in the collodion variants. Through his research, writings, exhibitions and teaching, he has been an important influence in the current revival of collodion technique in fine art photography.
Osterman’s work is included in numerous private and museum collections including Nihon University, in Tokyo, Japan; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France; Museum of Fine Art, Houston; Musée de l'Elysée, in Lausanne, Switzerland; and the George Eastman Museum, in Rochester, New York. His images and writing are featured many publications, such as Photography's Antiquarian Avant-Garde, The New Wave in Old Process Photography, by Lyle Rexer; Coming into Focus, by John Barnier, and The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, by Christopher James. He is currently represented by Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York City, Photo Gallery International in Tokyo, Japan, and Tilt Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona.