Faculty Member Celebrates Portraiture Through “Reflections: A Brief History of Looking at Ourselves”

June 18, 2019 7 AM

In celebration of the 180th anniversary of photography as an invention, Elena Volkova, Assistant Professor of Photography in Stevenson’s School of Design, along with Joe Tropea, Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) Curator of Films and Photographs, curated Reflections: A Brief History of Looking at Ourselves, an exhibition of portraiture that celebrates photography as an expression of identity, place, and sense of belonging.

“The idea behind this project is to invite the public to slow down and engage with photography in a meaningful way,” says Volkova. “We hope that people will appreciate how the themes of photography that exist today have history and progression.”

On view, June 19, 2019–July 1, 2020, Reflections encompasses nearly the entire era of photography, from the earliest 1840s daguerreotypes to modern day digital photographs and Instagram “selfies.” The exhibition opens with a free reception on Wednesday, June 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. Baltimore, Md. 21201.

Learn more and view examples of photographs included in the exhibition.