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Georgia Southern Museum explores history of the camera
Some of the classic tools of photography throughout the years, including flash bulbs, and different types of film - including the iconic Kodachrome - are on display.

In 2013, Time magazine declared, "More than ever, photography has become the predominant means for us to communicate."

The proliferation of photography through Instagram and other social media outlets since then makes it hard to argue with that assertion.

The Georgia Southern Museum recently organized an exhibit that demonstrates the power, application, history and technological advancements of the main tool we associate with the art and function of photography: the camera.

The exhibit was born from a brainstorm of Georgia Southern Museum Director Brent Tharp.

"We already had a collection of historic cameras donated to us in the 1980s (the Abercrombie collection), so we were trying to figure out how to present them to modern enthusiasts," he said.

Tharp reached out to GSU art professor Jessica Hines, who has taught photography in the university's art department. Her experience and expertise became a springboard for the participation of others.

Georgia Southern photographer Jeremy Wilburn offered his personal collection of cameras to be displayed as a physical record of the tool's advances, while Dr. Delena Gatch focused on the scientific aspects of photography, and Santanu Majumdar and his students designed and built the exhibit.

The combination of art, science and design help bring the project a sense of history and evolution.

"Some people enter this exhibit and feel a sense of nostalgia," Tharp said. "Kodachrome and developing prints bring a sense of comfort and history."

The "CLICK: Exploring the History and Science of Cameras" exhibit will be on display through Jan. 29, 2017.



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