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Panel Discussion: Paul Vanderbilt's Intuitive Iconography

@ Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium

Saturday, October 18 - 1:30PM to 3:00PM
816 State St, Madison, WI 53706

Photographer, archivist, visual thinker, bricoleur: Paul Vanderbilt devoted his life to understanding the way images convey meaning. Learn more about this brilliant, complex man with our three panelists: Jack Holzhueter, who worked closely with Vanderbilt at Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS); Andy Kraushaar, who holds Vanderbilt's former position in the WHS Archives Division; and Michael Lesy, whose book Wisconsin Death Trip was created with images from the WHS Archives. We'll explore several aspects of Vanderbilt's legacy, from his landscape photography and the finely nuanced "search functions" he developed for the WHS Iconographic Collections to his fascinating thematic panels and pairings, which combine historic images with his own photographs and poetic texts.

Free and open to the public with advance registration, this event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Archive as a River: Paul Vanderbilt and Photography, on view September 12 - November 2, 2014 in the James Watrous Gallery. The exhibit and its related programs have been developed in collaboration with the Wisconsin Historical Society's Archives Division, and coincide with the Midwest Society of Photographic Education conference Yesterday Today: Photography and the Archive, held in Madison from October 16-18, 2014.

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