CURATED BY ELIZABETH AVERY • EXHIBIT DESIGN BY SCOTT KUYKENDALL
The development of photography in the second half of the nineteenth century coincided with a period of growth in Norwalk’s economy and population. Norwalkers embraced photography in all of its forms as it evolved over the century. The earliest portraits helped to solidify a sense of individuality among the burgeoning middle class. Each successive photographic development helped Norwalkers expand their world through pictures. The turn of the century brought the opportunity to not only consume images, but also to make them. The works in this exhibit demonstrate the ways some Norwalkers experienced photography as it rapidly changed over the course of the second half of the nineteenth century.