About this event
Photography was invented in the early nineteenth century. It brought the power to capture and store the images of life on a metal plate or a little scrap of paper; but it was only one of many new media technologies.
The magic lantern, thaumotrope, steam-powered printing press, peepshow, diorama, stereoscope, myriorama (and more) all coexisted with the new chemical technology. But what were these things? What did they do? Why do they have such daft names?
Curator Phillip Roberts takes us through the history of media machines, told with a real magic lantern. Life has been transcribed, and narrated, and photographed and deposited in archives; but what was forgotten?
Dr Phillip Roberts is the Bern and Ronny Schwartz Curator of Photography at the Bodleian Libraries.
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Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG
The Weston Library is wheelchair-accessible.