Icons of Photography: The Stories Behind the Images | Newberry

Icons of Photography: The Stories Behind the Images

Led by Margaret Denny.
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Three sessions, Tuesdays, November 9-November 30. Class will not meet on November 23.



For the Fall 2021 term, we’re offering a mix of virtual and in-person classes. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. Registration opens on September 1st at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

Seminar Description

Over the course of photography’s relatively short history, certain photographs have become iconic, revealing compassion, love, unrest, controversy, and innovation in fleeting moments. Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” evoked the desperation of the Great Depression by depicting a mother with her children. Edward Muybridge’s “Horse in Motion” revealed that a galloping horse is at certain moments entirely airborne. Alfred Eisenstaedt’s “V-J Day in Times Square” captured the celebratory end of World War II. This seminar will introduce you to photography’s most iconic images and the stories behind them.

Three sessions. Registration – $125

Margaret Denny holds a PhD in art history from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has taught survey courses on the history of photography at colleges and universities across Chicago. She specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century women photographers in America and Great Britain.

Materials List


  • Digital Course Packet.

First Reading:

  • There is no first reading assignment..

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, September 1st . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning August 25th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: The Newberry is moving to a new registration system called Learning Stream. This will simplify the registration process for participants, instructors, and staff. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at seminars@newberry.org.

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.