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Past Friends of Photography Member Events and Programs


Arnold Newman Exhibition Pre-Opening Reception Friday, February 15

Friends of Photography members are invited to a private reception prior to the opening of Arnold Newman: Masterclass.

Members of the Newman family, curators, and photography staff will be in attendance.


Nathan Lyons Lecture Thursday, November 8

As a curator, theorist, educator, artist, and powerful advocate, Nathan Lyons has played a central role in the expansion of photography over the last five decades. After producing seminal exhibitions and publications as curator at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, in the 1960s, he founded the Visual Studies Workshop, an independent arts organization where his innovative programs trained a new generation of photographers, critics, curators, and historians.

Friends of Photography members receive reserved seating and an exclusive invitation to a reception with Mr. Lyons prior to the lecture.

Harry Ransom Center Prothro Theater

Picturing Vishniac: A Closer Reading, New Work and the Repositioning of a Master Photographer Tuesday, April 3

Curator and critic Maya Benton delivers the annual Kasman Family Lecture.

Friends of Photography is partnering with the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies to present a lecture by Maya Benton. Benton is adjunct curator at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York, where she is establishing a major public archive of Roman Vishniac's work, in partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C., which will culminate in an NEA-funded traveling retrospective and catalog, set to open at ICP in 2013. Her research focuses on documentary photographs of Jewish life in Central and Eastern Europe, Israeli contemporary photography and video art, and Jewish visual culture and vernacular photography.

Harry Ransom Center Prothro Theater

Member Collections: Kevin Kaplan Monday, March 5

Friends of Photography member, Kevin Kaplan, will open his home to fellow members to discuss photographs from his personal collection and his experiences working with Robert Frank, Bruce Davidson, and Irving Penn. By invitation only for Friends of Photography members.


Harry Ransom Lecture: Elliott Erwitt Thursday, September 22, 7 P.M.

Legendary Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt discusses his life and work. Presented by the University Co-op.

Friends of Photography members receive reserved seating and an exclusive invitation to a reception with Mr. Erwitt prior to the lecture.

Jessen Auditorium

Postcards From America FRIDAY, MAY 13, 7 P.M.

As part of their "Postcards from America" tour, five Magnum photographers discuss photography and ways to picture America on Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m. in Jessen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall.

In the first of a series of trips around America, five Magnum photographers and one writer will be travelling from San Antonio, Texas, to Oakland, California, between May 12 and May 26, 2011. Meet photographers Jim Goldberg, Susan Meiselas, Paolo Pellegrin, Alec Soth, Mikhael Subotzky, and writer Ginger Strand on the plaza in front of the Ransom Center the from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. before their discussion on May 13.

The Magnum Photos archive currently resides at the Ransom Center.


An Evening with Eli Reed WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 6 P.M.

Eli Reed, award-winning photojournalist and member of the Magnum Photos cooperative, will discuss his work in a private behind-the-scenes presentation.


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For more information on membership in Friends of Photography, please contact Margie Rine at 512-471-9643 or margierine@austin.utexas.edu.

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