PhotoHistory Symposium Features World's First Digital Camera
The symposium speakers hail from Canada, England, Belgium and the US. The keynote speaker is Steven Sasson, the co-inventor of the digital camera (in 1975).
Other topics at the Saturday symposium at George Eastman House include photo postcards (1905-1935), high-speed motion picture cameras (a demonstration), images of Daguerre, early advertising photography, early Nikon cameras, Kodak string-set cameras, Folmer & Schwing's cameras, the Woodburytype, J. Horace McFarland and the Autochrome, 35 mm film (the most popular film format), history of the bicycle through the lens of the camera, Chinese photography 1842-1870, and daguerreotypes in Philadelphia 1839-1860.
PhotoHistory, held every 3 years since 1970, brings together photographic historians, collectors and dealers from around the world. A Trade Show (Photographica Antique Show) on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. specializes in vintage cameras, photographs, and all things photographic, from ephemera to books. Admission is $5, FREE after 2 p.m., with free appraisals of vintage cameras after 2 p.m.
PhotoHistory XIII in 2006 attracted people from 8 countries and 22 states. The symposium is presented by The Photographic Historical Society, at George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography & Film in Rochester, NY.
Information: www.tphs.org, 585-288-6359; PhotoHistory, PO Box 10342, Rochester, NY 14610
Hotel reservations: www.doubletree.com, 585-475-1510, 800-222-TREE; ask for PhotoHistory rate
(Photo by Steve Kelly)