Salt and Silver Symposium, Sat., Nov. 10, 3-4:30 pm

Linnaeus Tripe, Puthu Mundapum, View of the Nave. Trimul Naik’s choultry, 1858, salted paper print from glass plate negative, courtesy of the Wilson Centre for Photography

Salt and Silver Symposium

Saturday, November 10, 3-4:30 p.m.
Humanities Auditorium, Scripps College

Join us for an intriguing afternoon of presentations and discussion centered on the Salt and Silver exhibition, which features salted paper prints, one of the oldest photographic techniques. Later on that day, stop by the Gallery and view a collection of some of the best of these rare artworks at the exhibition opening, from 7 to 9 pm.

Here is a quick listing of the symposium topics and our roster of speakers:


Introduction to Salt and Silver: Early Photography, 18401860     
Hope Kingsley, Curator of Education and Collections, Wilson Centre of Photography, London, co-edited with Marta Braun the book Salt and Silver: Early Photography, 18401860, and co-organized the exhibition by the same title. Kingsley was the lead curator of the exhibition and author of the catalog Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present (Yale University Press, 2012), presented at the National Gallery, London (2012–2013) and Caixa Forum, Barcelona and Madrid (2013). In addition, with Carol Jacobi, Kingsley co-curated the exhibition and co-authored the catalog Painting with Light: Art and Photography from Pre-Raphaelites to the Modern Age, at Tate Britain (2016). Kingsley also contributed essays to the exhibition catalogs The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement in Britain 18601900 at the Victoria and Albert Museum (2011) and Frederick H. Evans at the J. Paul Getty Museum (2010).

Knowing the World through Early Photographs
Chitra Ramalingam, Assistant Curator of Photography, Yale Center of British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, specializes in the history of nineteenth-century science and visual culture. She is a lecturer in the History of Science and Medicine program at Yale.  In 2018, with Hope Kingsley, Ramalingam co-curated the exhibition Salt and Silver: Early Photography 18401860, at the Yale Center for British Art. In 2013, she co-authored with Mirjam Brusius the introductory essay to the exhibition catalog William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography. Forthcoming in 2019 from Yale University Press is her book To See a Spark: Experiment and Visual Experience in Victorian Science.

Inventors and Manipulators: American Experimentation with Salted Paper Prints
Mazie Harris, Assistant Curator in the J. Paul Getty Museum Department of Photographs holds a Ph.D. in the History of Art from Brown University. Her research has been supported by the Terra Foundation, Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Antiquarian Society, Winterthur Library, National Portrait Gallery, New York Public Library, and Library of Congress. She is the author of Paper Promises: Early American Photography, a publication which accompanied a Spring 2018 exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Discussion of Salt and Silver: Early Photography, 18401860     
Juliet Koss, Professor and Chair of the Department of Art History at Scripps College, has published widely on modern European art and architecture with an emphasis on Germany and the USSR and is the author of Modernism after Wagner (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), shortlisted for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Prize from the College Art Association. She is currently completing Model Soviets, which explores the status and function of models—architectural designs, art objects, and abstract representations of future possibilities—in the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 1930s, with particular attention to the role of photography and film as representations of a projected utopia. The recipient of research fellowships from the Getty Research Institute, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Humboldt Foundation in Germany, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Clark Art Institute, and the Harriman Institute for Russian Studies at Columbia University, among others, Koss was a Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin in 2009 and, in 2011, the Rudolf Arnheim Visiting Professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

This event, the exhibition, and the opening are free of charge and open to the public.

Locations listed are on the Scripps College campus. The map of the campus can be accessed here.



Salt and Silver: Early Photography, 18401860 is organized by the Yale Center for British Art in partnership with the Wilson Centre for Photography, London. The lead curator is Hope Kingsley, curator of education and collections, with Polly Fleury, special projects, Wilson Centre for Photography; and the organizing curator at the Yale Center for British Art is Chitra Ramalingam, assistant curator of photography, working under Scott Wilcox, deputy director for collections. An abridged version of this exhibition, curated in collaboration with the Wilson Centre for Photography, was shown at the Tate Britain in 2015.