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Self and the World — Experiencing Photography in 19th Century Norwalk Exhibit

Self and the World — Experiencing Photography in 19th Century Norwalk Exhibit


Curated by Elizabeth Avery
Graphic Design by Scott Kuykendall


The exhibit explores how everyday Norwalkers used and experienced photography in the second half of the 19th century.  Beginning with the daguerreotype invented in 1839 through the rise of amateur photography around the turn of the 20th century.  Although this history is not unique to Norwalk, the exhibit will tell the story of early photography through images of Norwalk residents and objects owned by Norwalkers.

View never before seen daguerreotypes, family portraits, cartes de visite photographs, plate glass negatives and an original early Kodak camera, which help tell the story of the early age of photography and its influence on the people of Norwalk.  Also on display are 19th century stereoscopes (stereo viewers) which were America’s most popular form of entertainment in the 1800′s and 1900′s. Visitors will have an opportunity to touch and view stereo cards through a modern 21st century stereoscope.  The role of the photographer is also celebrated, which includes a female amateur photographer Ada Betts, African-American photographer Augusts Washington and American Civil War photographer Edward Tompkins Whitney.

Norwalk Historical Society Museum
141 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT
Located in the red brick house with blue double front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Dept.
Parking available on Norwalk City Hall campus, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT