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All the little things…

June 6, 2013 · Collections ·

As you’ve come to find out, there are a lot of little things that go into making our collection safe and available. One of the most fun pieces of the puzzle (at least in my opinion), is the photography. By then all the little details like catalging and numbering are done, and it is time…
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Tiny precious objects

August 19, 2013 · Collections, Exhibits ·

One of the things that I’ve been working on here at CHS is selecting images for the upcoming photography show, Through A Different Lens. We’ll be showing photographs by three different Connecticut photographers, all women, and in telling their stories, we’ll also be telling the story of the history of photography. I wanted to share…
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Elementary Sentimentality

September 6, 2013 · Exhibits ·

I’m not in an appropriate emotional state to be talking about our current exhibit development, which could include a discussion of the history of photography, the aesthetics of Victorian portraiture, or the historical change in social norms regarding the role of women in domestic and/or professional circles—all fascinating topics to be explored in “Through a…
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An eye for capturing history (through a lens)

September 27, 2013 · Collections ·

In this age of smart phones and Instagram, photography and sharing photos is all within the palm of our hands. Most of us are equipped with cameras on our phones that eclipse the bulky cameras of yesterday on many levels.

Luman P. Kelsey: “Professional Hobbiest”

September 30, 2013 · Collections ·

Luman Kelsey was an artist unknown to me until I happened upon his work one day in the photographs section of the Graphics room. The organized box read “Luman Kelsey–Virgin Islands”, and immediately I was intrigued. I wondered what photographs may be in the box, and how CHS came to own them. What I discovered…
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Winter’s Comin’

October 4, 2013 · Exhibits ·

Our newest exhibit, “Through a Different Lens: Three Connecticut Women Photographers”, will be open October 11, 2013 – March 29, 2014. That’s next week! You’ve got 5 months to check it out, but please tell me why you would wait. You might think you have time to roll in some lazy Saturday afternoon in the…
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“F/8 and Be There!”

October 7, 2013 · CHS Buzz, Exhibits ·

History of photography enthusiasts might recognize the quote above, generally attributed to Arthur Fellig, a photojournalist in the 1930s and ‘40s. His advice – half technical, half philosophical – was based on the method he found worked best for him, when all cameras were manually operated. The first half refers to the aperture setting on…
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Hiring a professional…

October 10, 2013 · Collections ·

At CHS we frequently exercise our internal photography muscles; however, there are certain items and certain projects that sometimes require a professional photographer.  Yesterday David Stansbury spent the day photographing a variety of our landscapes for the Artist and the Connecticut Landscape project that will result in a number of Connecticut landscapes being added to…
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Movember 1st at the CHS

November 1, 2013 · Exhibits ·

Movember begins today. Support your mustachioed buddies as the next 30 days reveal their ability to grow a thick and bushy upper-lip bear rug; a whispery mouth spider web; or something in between. All to promote men’s health and combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.

Richard Welling and the SX-70

November 18, 2013 · Collections ·

The SX-70 was a camera manufactured by Polaroid between 1972 and 1981. The new Polaroid greatly improved on the early models, which required the user to manually pull the photograph out of the camera and peel apart the film pack, as it ejected the film automatically and developed automatically, as well. 

New York City in the 1970s

December 16, 2013 · Collections ·

Despite not being alive in the 1970s and having only spent a limited amount of time in New York City, photographs of it in the ‘70s are some of my favorite things on earth. (Actually, really any photos from ‘70s do it for me; the Environmental Protection Agency’s 1972-1978 project, Documerica, is one of the…
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The Value of Gallery Tours

January 20, 2014 · Collections ·

I have had, in the past few weeks, the opportunity to lead gallery tours of our temporary exhibition, Through a Different Lens. I spent so much time with the photographs on display when we were preparing the exhibition and I was writing the publication that I’ve sort of forgotten what it’s like to see them…
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No Connection

March 7, 2014 · Exhibits ·

Lately when I walk through our current exhibit, Through a Different Lens: Three Connecticut Women Photographers, the smart little iPad mounted on the gallery wall has been staring back at me with three heart-rending words: “No Internet Connection.” Is that a cry for help? “I need you!” Or an accusation? “I have no connection and…
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Connecticut’s Modern Women Photographers and Their Fine Art Processes

March 17, 2014 · Education, Exhibits ·

On March 29, the temporary exhibition Through a Different Lens: Three Connecticut Women Photographers will be wrapping up, which means that the various events and presentations and tours that I’ve been doing are also just about over.

What if I lost this?!?

September 8, 2014 · CHS Buzz ·

To make sure I have my bad pictures for all eternity, or at least until I send them to Awkward Family Photos, I’m going to pay attention to the experts at Save Your Photos Day on Saturday, September 27 10:00 am — 12:00 noon here at CHS.

Save Your Photos Day at CHS

Save Your Photos Day at CHS

September 27, 2014 · ·

Save Your Photos Day 2014 is an international event for those who appreciate that every life is a story worth preserving and sharing.

Conversations with Pablo Delano: Part 5

October 3, 2014 · Exhibits ·

Three new exhibits open today, including “Hartford Seen: Photographs by Pablo Delano”

Public Guided Tour

November 1, 2014 · ·

Join a member of the CHS staff for a special guided tour of our current exhibits, (Re)Building Hartford: A City Captured by Artist Richard Welling and Hartford Seen: Photographs by Pablo Delano.

Public Guided Tour in Spanish

Join a member of the CHS staff for a special Spanish language guided tour of our current exhibits, (Re)Building Hartford: A City Captured by Artist Richard Welling and Hartford Seen: Photographs by Pablo Delano.

Public Guided Tour

November 4, 2014 · ·

Join a member of the CHS staff for a special guided tour of our current exhibits, (Re)Building Hartford: A City Captured by Artist Richard Welling and Hartford Seen: Photographs by Pablo Delano.

Gallery Talk with Artist Pablo Delano

November 15, 2014 · ·

Join artist Pablo Delano for a gallery talk in the exhibition Hartford Seen: Photographs by Pablo Delano, which documents a modern view of Hartford’s public and private buildings, street scenes, and storefronts through the lens of the photographer.

Public Guided Tour in Spanish

December 6, 2014 · ·

Join a member of the CHS staff for a special Spanish language guided tour of our current exhibits, (Re)Building Hartford: A City Captured by Artist Richard Welling and Hartford Seen: Photographs by Pablo Delano.

An Animated Discussion

Connecting & Building Communities

July 10, 2015 · CHS Buzz, Latest News ·

In the summer of 2014, the exhibit Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Screen and Stage was on display at the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS). I had just begun to work at the welcome desk and was impressed by the droves of people who visited the exhibit every day.

This is America: A Visual Expedition by Carol M. Highsmith

March 9, 2016 · ·

The CHS welcomes photographer Carol M. Highsmith on March 9 to provide a unique detailed account of her experiences photographing Connecticut and the United States.

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