"Reflections:" A History Of Portrait Photography at the Md Historical Society | WYPR

"Reflections:" A History Of Portrait Photography at the Md Historical Society

Aug 2, 2019

The White Masks Inspecting a Prisoner at Detective Headquarters. Unidentified photographer (possibly James W. Scott), c.1909.
Credit Hughes Company Photograph Collection, MdHS.

A fascinating exhibition of portrait photographs selected from the archives of the Maryland Historical Society was recently assembled in a show called Reflections: A Brief History of Looking at Ourselves.”

The exhibition, which opened June 19th and runs through July 1, 2020, highlights themes of identity and place, and showcases portrait work from unsung and in some cases unidentified photographers -- as with the photograph featured to the left -- that are represented in the Historical Society's photo and prints collections. The photographs on exhibit encompass nearly the entire 180-year history of photography, from 1840s daguerreotypes to present-day digital photographs and “selfies.”

Joe Tropea, MdHS curator and Prof. Elena Volkova of Stevenson U., co-curators of the REFLECTIONS exhibition.
Credit Joe Tropea; Elena Volkova

Joining Tom to describe how the exhibition came together and to share some of the stories behind the photographs are Joe Tropea, the film and photographs curator at the Maryland Historical Society, and Elena Volkova, assistant professor of Art & Visual Communication Design at Stevenson University. She’s also co-host (with Joseph Giordano) of the photojournalism podcast, Ten Frames per Second.