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      June 30, 2018

      Saturday   2:00 PM

      5798 New York 80
      Cooperstown, New York 13326

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      “More Than a Rock": An Art History Lecture with Douglas Zullo

      In the years just prior to World War II, Henri Cartier-Bresson accused certain American photographers of complacency because they were “photographing rocks” instead of documenting the turmoil around them. Ansel Adams countered that, “there is a real, social significance in a rock.” In the 1930's, Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston, and others had already leapt into the public debate on the validity of photography as an artistic medium. They founded Group f/64 and wrote a manifesto staking their claim on the definition of “pure photography” in direct opposition to what they felt were the aesthetic excesses of Pictorialism. Despite the technological changes of the intervening decades, Group f/64’s mission still influences photography today.   Douglas Zullo has worked in the curatorial departments of the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art and the Columbus Museum of Art. He earned his MA and PhD in Art History at the Ohio State University. He is currently Associate Professor of Art History at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. Photograph: 'Lily and Rubbish' by Edward Weston, 1939.

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