DC:ART: MAY 11 at 6pm: Lecture by Phillips Postdoctoral Fellow Makeda Best

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CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF MODERN ART
Image: Frances Benjamin Johnston with camera on balcony of Treasury Building, Washington, D.C., 1888. Photographer Unknown. Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-91952.

MAY 11, 6pm
CENTER STUDIO
LECTURE BY PHILLIPS POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW MAKEDA BEST

What a Woman Can Do With a Camera: The Art and Work of Frances Benjamin Johnston

Over her long career, photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952) produced a broad array of works. In addition to running a successful portrait studio in Washington, D.C., she worked on projects ranging from a pictorial survey of Washington, D.C. public schools to an extensive study of Southern architecture.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Residence Makeda Best examines the photographer’s early work, writings about photography in conjunction with contemporary art and debates about the role of women in society. She also outlines Johnston’s singular creative vision that combined exploring the distinct rhetorical strategies of photography and the creative possibilities of the social document.

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Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Center for the Study of Modern Art are in partnership with the George Washington University

Image: Frances Benjamin Johnston with camera on balcony of Treasury Building, Washington, D.C., 1888. Photographer Unknown. Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-91952.

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