Art History

‘Ere the Shadows Fade: New Jersey’s Civil War Era Photographers

This presentation features several notable examples of New Jersey’s Civil War Era photographers. The Civil War boosted the photographic trade in New Jersey as both soldiers and families demanded more images of loved ones. Numerous new photo galleries opened to meet the demand. Some New Jersey photographers operated elsewhere during the war, including in the South. Other photographers active at the war front settled in the state after the war. And some New Jersey soldiers returned home and only then began photography careers.

Gary Saretzky
Archivist, Monmouth County Archives

A computer projector is required for this presentation.

Elias Goldensky: The Wizard of Photography

This slide presentation explores the mystery of why one of the leading Pictorialist photographers in America during the early 20th century, renowned in his own time, is almost forgotten today. Goldensky, a Russian-Jewish emigré based in Philadelphia, practiced portrait photography as a fine art. Among the sitters he immortalized with his camera were Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Leopold Stokowski.

Gary Saretzky
Archivist, Monmouth County Archives

A computer projector is required for this presentation.

Margaret Bourke-White: “The Eyes on Russia” Photographs

In 1930, Bourke-White, the famous photojournalist who grew up in Bound Brook, NJ, became the first foreign photographer after the Russian Revolution to photograph with permission of the Soviet government. This slide lecture traces her transformation from an industrial photographer to an artist with a social conscience, whose left-wing associations in the 1930s came back to haunt her during the McCarthy era.

Gary Saretzky
Archivist, Monmouth County Archives

A computer projector is required for this presentation.

Join our Email List
Email: