Science Exhibits at the John Crerar Library

The Science Libraries present short term and ongoing exhibits in the atrium of the John Crerar Library. Exhibits focus on aspects of the sciences and highlight collections of Crerar and Eckhart Libraries.

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The Studio in the Field: Techniques of Early Wildlife Photography

April 6 – September 15, 2015




Exhibit Description:

During the 1890s, technical advances made it practical to photograph birds and other animals in their natural environments for the first time. But faced with the unpredictable realities of photographing in the field, early practitioners struggled to make worthwhile images from the standpoints of art or natural history. The Studio in the Field traces the development of wildlife photography as a popular cultural pursuit, focusing on the innovative techniques and strategies devised to craft pictures that would appear convincingly natural to nineteenth-century audiences.


Location: The John Crerar Library, Atrium, 5730 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago
Public Hours: Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free


Image : W.E. Carlin, A Young Buck. From L.H Bailey, ed., Nature Portraits: Studies with Pen and Camera of Our Wild Birds, Animals, Fish and Insects, New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1902

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