Frances Robb’s presentation will let us explore together some of the finest images from our state’s historical record. From Alabama’s first photographs to the Civil War and World War II, from studio portraits to backyard snapshots, from football shots to courting couples, her slide show will highlight some of Alabama’s intriguing images.
Puzzled about your family photographs? Bring one or two mystery pictures for help with dates and identifications after Robb’s presentation.
Robb is a Huntsville native and has spent twenty-five years researching Alabama photographers and photographs while serving as a consultant on the state’s cultural history and historic photography for museums, archives, and libraries. She has curated or advised on many exhibitions, including Made in Alabama: A State Legacy and the award-winning exhibition In View of Home: Alabama Landscape Photographs. In her search for information and images, she has visited every county in Alabama and roamed as far as Maine and California to study photographs in institutional repositories and family collections.
Shot in Alabama is a visual and textual narrative of Alabama’s photographic history from 1839 to 1941. It describes the phenomenon of photography as practiced in Alabama as a major cultural force, paying close attention to the particular contexts from which each image emerges and the fragments of microhistory that each image documents.