Tues April 4, 12:15 pm: The Tintype - Photography for the Masses

History Sandwiched In -- The Tintype - Photography for the Masses

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

Wisconsin Historical Museum (note that the Wisconsin Historical Museum is located on the Capitol Square at 30 N Carroll St, NOT the Wisconsin Historical Society Building on the UW Campus!)

Suggested donation of $3

http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/calendar/event/5176

The tintype photograph is a truly American invention, and saw more uses and captured a wider variety of settings and subjects than any other photographic type. It saw the Civil War come and go, captured scenes from the Wild West, and was used into the mid-1900s. It was easy to produce by photographers working out of portable darkrooms and wagons. Although tintypes began losing artistic and commercial ground to higher quality techniques in the mid-1860s, it survived for well over another 40 years, living mostly as a carnival novelty. Dave Rambow, site director of H.H. Bennett Studio in the Wisconsin Dells, will share the history of this photographic type and display a variety of original and modern tintypes.

March 16 Third Thursday: David Erickson - Architectural Photography & the State Historical Society Collection

Please join Milwaukee-based architectural photographer David Erickson in a discussion of his work and the architectural photography collection of the Wisconsin Historical Society, at 7 pm on Thursday, March 16, at PhotoMIdwest. He will compare and contrast the profession and craft during the early and middle 20th century versus today. Learn about the Wisconsin Historical Society's architectural holdings which David is treating, restoring and digitizing. These include photographic prints of the "House of Tomorrow" at the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago. The photographer, Eugene Hutchinson, was a friend and colleague of Edward Weston.

David is a member of the Association of Independent Architectural Photographers and has contributed to architectural journals, magazines and international architectural exhibits. He will be teaching an architectural photography class at PhotoMidwest beginning on Tuesday, April 25. His website is

Third Thursday presentations are free and open to the public. They are at our new location, 700 Rayovac Dr., Suite 212, at 7 PM

Darkroom volunters needed to install Thomas Duplex safelights & make door light-tight

We need volunteers for the two remaining items that must be done before starting to use the darkroom:

  1. install the two top-of-the line Thomas Duplex Super Safelights, and
  2. make the door light tight.

If you want to help install the two safelights or make the door light-tight, please email Education@PhotoMidwest.Org. The sooner we get volunteers, the sooner we can use the darkroom.

Third Thursday, Feb 16: Photojournalist Saiyna Bashir, Muslim Life in Madison

Saiyna Bashir. All rights reserved by Saiyna Bashir.

Saiyna Bashir. All rights reserved by Saiyna Bashir.

Photojournalist and storyteller Saiyna Bashir has spent her career being passionate about documenting important societal issues, from her homeland in Pakistan to Ferguson, Missouri to Madison. Currently a photojournalist for the Cap Times, Saiyna strives to tell honest stories she can share with others. Her recent coverage of Muslim life in Madison, which will be the highlight of her PhotoMidwest's Third Thursday presentation on February 16, 2017, has received widespread national recognition. Her ongoing project about acid attacks on women in Pakistan has received high praise from communities abroad.

"My commitment to pursuing a career in visual journalism began as a young undergraduate in Pakistan. Pursuing a career as a young woman in Pakistan requires one to persist against systemic barriers of women of a society rooted in conservative Islam," explains Saiyna in a summary of her achievements. Saiyna's work has been published by Al Jazeera America, Associated Press, Huffington Post, CNN, Refinery 29, The Sun Times, and many other news organizations. In addition to participating in the 2016 Eddie Adams Workshop, her work was previously accepted for the New York Times Portfolio Review and she participated in the New York Times Student Journalism Institute. Saiyna received her master's degree in journalism from Columbia College in Chicago.

PhotoMidwest Third Thursday presentations begin at 7 pm at PhotoMidwest, 700 Rayovac Dr., Madison WI and are free and open to the public.

Men offer Sajdah, which means prostration to God in the direction of the Kaaba at Mecca during a congressional prayer on a recent Friday at the East Side Mosque of Madison. Photograph by Saiyna Bashir, July 2016, all rights reserved.

Men offer Sajdah, which means prostration to God in the direction of the Kaaba at Mecca during a congressional prayer on a recent Friday at the East Side Mosque of Madison. Photograph by Saiyna Bashir, July 2016, all rights reserved.

Tues Feb 7: North of Dixie - Civil Rights Photography Beyond the South

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Wisconsin Historical Museum
Suggested donation of $3
http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/calendar/event/5148

The history of the civil rights movement is commonly illustrated with well-known photographs from Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma—leaving the visual story of the movement outside the South remaining to be told. Historian Mark Speltz will shine a light past the most iconic photographs of the era to focus on images of everyday activists who fought campaigns against segregation, police brutality, and job discrimination in Milwaukee, Cleveland, Chicago, Los Angeles, and many other cities. A book signing will follow the presentation.