Kresge Library

MBAG exhibit -- Dickensian London and the Photographic Imagination

"Homeless", Courtesy of George Eastman House International MuseumFrom Friday, October 10, 2003 through Sunday, November 16, 2003 the Meadow Brook Art Gallery will host the exhibit "Dickensian London and the Photographic Imagination" (campus map).

This exhibit will contain original paper photographs of 1860s and 70s London which examine architecture, 19th century urbanization, and urban poverty from the George Eastman House and the William Becker Collections. An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 10, from 5-8 p.m.

There will be several lectures related to this exhibit:

  • On Tuesday, Oct 21 at 5pm, there will be a Curator's Lecture presented by Professor Claude Baillargeon entitled "Dickensian London and the Photographic Imagination."
  • On Friday, November 14 at 7:30pm the Annual Fred M. Braun Memorial Lecture in Art and Art History will host Robert L. Stein, Professor of English, University of Oregon, for his presentation, "London's Londons: Photographing the Urban Poor in 1903". There will be a reception following the lecture.

For more information, call (248) 370-3005 or email

Relevant books at Kresge Library:

  • Schaaf, Larry J. Out of the shadows : Herschel, Talbot & the invention of photography. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992.
  • Bell, Aldon D. London in the age of Dickens. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1967.

Articles available online):

  • Edwards, Steve. "Photography, allegory, and labor. the taxonomy of the International Exhibitions in London of 1851 and 1862". Art Journal v. 55 p. 38-44.
  • Rose, Gillian. "Engendering the Slum: Photography in East London in the 1930s." Gender, Place and Culture 1997, v. 4 n. 3, p. 277-300.
  • Denny, Ned. "Beautiful and damned." New Statesman v. 130, p. 29-30.

Created on 12/12/06 by 10/14/03 by Robert Slater and Ann Pogany / Last updated on 3/7/18 by Robert Slater
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