Howard Bond, a photographer and former student of Ansel Adams

Howard Bond, a renowned photographer and former student of Ansel Adams, will give a free lecture at Syracuse University. The lecture, "Photography as Art: Trends Since 1839," is Thursday, Sept. 10, at 5 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons on the first floor of Bird Library.

The event kicks off the SU Library Associates 2009-10 lecture series. It also comes near the beginning of the Syracuse Symposium lecture series and an exhibition titled "Luminous Construction: The Photography of Howard Bond" at Bird Library running Sept. 8- Jan. 14, 2010. For more information, contact Pamela McLaughlin at 443-9788 or pwmclaug@syr.edu.

Free parking for the lecture is available in the Booth Garage, on the corner of Waverly and Comstock avenues. The event is followed by a reception, during which Bond will sign copies of his exhibition catalog. Lecture sponsors include the SU Humanities Center, the SU Library and the library's Special Collections Research Center.

Suzanne Thorin, dean of the library and executive director of the Library Associates' Board of Trustees, says Bond's presentation focuses on an interesting piece of scholarship. "Ever since early experimentation with photographic processes in the mid-19th century, people have used photography to create art," she says. "But there is one question that persists to this day: 'Can an unaltered image produced with a camera be considered art, or must the image be altered by human intervention?'"

Bond will address both points of view with a richly illustrated lecture spanning more than 170 years of history. He will consider the early montages of O.J. Rejlander and Henry Peach Robinson; Peter Henry Emerson's advocacy of un-retouched photos during the 1870s and 1880s; the Pictorialist movement at the turn of the 20th century; Modernism, as advocated by members of Group f/64 in the 1930s; the Post-Modernists of the 1970s; and recent digital techniques.

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