Museum Home Past Exhibitions The Old Order and the New: P. H. Emerson and Photography, 1885-1895

March 27–July 8, 2007 at the Getty Center


All events are free, unless otherwise noted. For reservations and information, please call (310) 440-7300 or use the Make Reservation button below.


In Search of the "Naturalistics": Emerson in Context
Hope Kingsley, historian and curator of photography, traces Emerson's sources in art and optical theory and discusses their relevance to photography in the 19th century.

Sunday, April 1, 2007, 4:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium


Photogravure Workshop
Join Luther Gerlach, nationally recognized photographer specializing in 19th-century techniques, and learn a simplified method of making photogravure prints in this two-session workshop. Participants will take a negative to final print while exploring vintage cameras, lenses, printmaking, and photographic processes. Course fee $65; $50 students. Open to 25 participants. Reservation recommended. Call (310) 440-7300.

This two-session workshop is offered three times:
Tuesdays, April 17 and 24, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, May 15 and 22, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Sundays, June 10 and 17, 1:00–5:00 p.m.

Getty Center, Museum Studios

Curator's Gallery Talk

Anne Lyden, associate curator of photographs, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007, 1:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries

Flowers of the Mere / P.H. Emerson

Artist-at-Work Demonstrations

Platinum Prints
Drop by as photographer Luther Gerlach demonstrates how to make platinum prints using authentic cameras, lenses, and procedures from the 19th century.

Thursdays and Sundays, April 15–May 31, 2007
1:00–2:00 p.m.—Cameras, lenses, and negatives
2:00–3:00 p.m.—Paper preparation and printing

Getty Center, Museum Studios

Point-of-View: Artist Talks

Photographer Stephen Berkman explores the technical and creative strategies Emerson used to produce "naturalistic" photographs, while attempting to unite his idealized belief in the photograph as documentary artifact and his artistic need to restage reality. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 3:00 p.m. the day of the program.

Friday, May 11, 2007, 4:30 and 6:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries

Related Publication

The Old Order and the New: P. H. Emerson and Photography, 1885–1895
By John Taylor
Featuring 65 color plates, this book includes essays that discuss Emerson's focus and printing techniques and offers a reinterpretation of his iconic image Gathering Water-Lilies. The artist's great-grandson, Stephen Hyde, contributed a biography of Emerson, and Philippa Wright examines why Emerson placed his work in selected collections in order to cement his reputation. (Hardcover, $70)

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