Photography Lecture and Presentation by Stephen Greenberg, July 1st

Photo of Stephen Greenberg by Bill Barton

Photo of Stephen Greenberg by Bill Barton


Ink and Silver: Medicine, Photography and the Printed Book, 1845-1890
Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD
History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Date:  July 1, 2016
Place:  Photoworks Gallery
Time:  7:00PM

See history come alive! Join NIH librarian, historian and photographer Stephen Greenberg as he explores the curious and fascinating world of medical photography.  Photography has long been critical to the practice of medicine, but many times the resulting images and collections are far removed from their original context and therefore mysterious to the viewer.  Why were these pictures taken? Who saw them? How did they reflect the techniques and aesthetics of the rest of contemporary photography, in particular the status of photography as the recorder of unmanipulated “truth?”  And how, in a purely technical sense, did one produce and publish medical photographs in the 19th century?

Stephen Greenberg is a librarian, historian and avid photographer.  Born and educated in New York City, (he holds graduate degrees from Columbia University, Fordham University and the New School for Social Research), he has worked in the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine for nearly twenty-five years.  He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland and The Catholic University of America, where he lectures on the history of books.

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