Claiming the View: Photography and Travel in John Thomson’s Time

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Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016

Time: 12:05 - 12:55 pm

Location: University of Alberta Museums Galleries at Enterprise Square - Idea Lounge

Speaker: Dr. Colleen Skidmore

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The University of Alberta Museums is proud to present Claiming the View: Photography and Travel in John Thomson's Time, a lunch-hour lecture given by Dr. Colleen Skidmore.

By the time John Thomson launched his photographic travelogue on China in 1868, photography had attained a powerful hold on Victorian imaginations. Landscape photography and travel were emerging as commercial industries, and photographers travelled the globe to gather views of places and people in response to popular demand. Claiming the View will explore how such images shaped perceptions of an expanding and changing world.

Read more about the exhibition China through the Lens of John Thomson (1868-1872).

Speaker's Biography

Colleen Skidmore is a photography historian at the University of Alberta. Her research focuses on archives of photographs made by women or about women, and how photography shaped ideas about gender, race, and colonialism in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century North America, especially in Canada. She is the editor of This Wild Spirit: Women in the Rocky Mountains of Canada (University of Alberta Press, 2006) in which she presents an array of women’s cultural work in the Canadian Rockies and their creative responses to experiences in that extraordinary environment in photography, painting, writing and other media. Her new book on the work of Rocky Mountain photographer and travel writer Mary Schäffer will be published in 2017 by the University of Alberta Press.

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