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Learn About Early Photography at Garfield Farm May 15

CAMPTON HILLS, IL       Garfield Farm Museum will host a 19th Century Photography lecture and demonstration on Sunday, May 15th, at 2 pm.  The lecture, given by museum volunteer, Chris Olsen, will cover the development and practices of 19th century photography. Starting with the French inventor Nicéphore Niépce's work in the early 1800s and ending in the last quarter of the century with the invention of the gelatin dry plate process, the lecture will include a broad review of the chemistry, historical and cultural implications of photography, as well as period and modern artifacts and processes.

    Chris Olsen has been a practicing 19th century photographer for a number of years. He uses several historical processes including Wet Plate Collodion and the Daguerreotype processes. He occupies his time when not photographing the world around him as a Particle Accelerator Operator at Fermilab in Batavia.
    There will be a $6 donation for the lecture and refreshments will be provided. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the museum at (630) 584-8485 or Garfield Farm Museum is a former historically intact 1840s prairie farmstead and teamster inn that is being restored as a working 1840s farm. The museum is located 5 miles west of Geneva, IL, off of Illinois Rt. 38 on Garfield Road. 

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