Sitting with Sarony

Wed., Feb. 23, 2022
7:30 p.m.–9 p.m.
Event Notes: 
Free with reservation
Add to Calendar 02/23/2022 07:30 PM 02/23/2022 09:00 PM America/Los_Angeles Sitting with Sarony Visit page - The Huntington - Zoom

In this lecture, David Shields, professor of English language and literature at the University of South Carolina, discusses how Napoleon Sarony (1821–1896) singlehandedly dismantled the traditions of portrait photography in 19th-century America and devised a new photographic ideal. Shields will reconstruct the innovations of Sarony-style portraiture, exploring the idea of personality as performance, providing an anatomy of posing, suggesting why it was Sarony’s method that convinced the U.S. Supreme Court that photography deserved copyright protection, and speculating about Sarony’s contribution to the historical trajectory of photography from stills to motion pictures.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required at indoor events at The Huntington. By attending this event, you attest and agree to provide proof of full vaccination. Masks are required indoors, and recommended outdoors, per Los Angeles County's current COVID-19 safety protocols.

This lecture will be held via Zoom. Zoom link will be sent in confirmation email. This event will be recorded.