Image Makers/Picture Takers: Women in Photography, 1850 to 1930 | Newberry

Image Makers/Picture Takers: Women in Photography, 1850 to 1930

Led by Dr. Margaret Denny, Ph.D. Three sessions. 2 - 4 pm
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Tuesdays, July 23 - August 6 

2 - 4 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (May 7 at 9 am** – May 24 at 4 pm): $170
Regular Registration Price (May 24 at 4 pm – first day of class): $187

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

Register Online

Seminar Description

When it was introduced in America, photography was quickly deemed a male profession, one necessitating scientific as well as technical proficiency. Women who entered the field were often viewed as rare exceptions. Still, evidence shows that women operated a number of portrait studios during the period and produced photographs of an astonishingly wide array of subjects, from domestic scenes to factory interiors. Focusing on women in photography between the 1850s and 1930s, this course will explore how the experiences of women photographers were shaped by many factors, including personal circumstance, technological change, and shifts in societal norms.

Three sessions. E – $170, L – $187

Margaret Denny is an art historian who holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She teaches courses on photography at colleges and universities in Chicago. Her research addresses American and British women photographers.

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor.

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read the file that will be sent upon registration, in the confirmation email.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.