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As We See Them Opens in KI Gallery

Charles West
KWRV2 #1, 2007.

Organized by guest curators Herbert Ascherman, Jr. and Jeannette Palsa, As We See Them presents the work of eleven artists who are using some of the earliest photographic processes to create contemporary images dealing with sexuality and the human figure. This diverse group of photographers has put aside digital technology to explore the possibilities of these 19th-century processes.

Featured works include cyanotypes by Patrick Alt and Charles West, platinum-palladium prints by Herbert Ascherman, Jr. and Jeannette Palsa, gum bichromate prints by Laurent Benaïm, photogravures by Constantine Gedal, tintypes by Cynthia Greig, ambrotypes by Ed Ross, daguerreotypes by Charlie Schreiner, and aluminum-types by Mark Sink and Kristen Hatgi.

On Thursday, February 3rd, noted photographer and guest curator Herbert Ascherman, Jr. presented a public lecture on the history of the nude in photography in France, England and the United States from photography's inception in 1839 to the turn of the last century, using examples from The Kinsey Institute collection and the current show, As We See Them

Photographer and guest curator Herbert Ascherman Jr. Photograph by Dave Levingston.


The history of the nude in photography is the history of the development of photography itself.  Following in the footsteps of the Renaissance painters, it was only natural that the earliest 19th century photographers turned to the human form for inspiration and titillation.  Ascherman explored the development of the daguerreotype, tintype, and other photographic processes in the 19th century, and also discussed the censorship of erotic imagery in photographs in Europe and the United States.

The exhibit is showing from January 21 - April 1, 2011 at the Kinsey Institute Gallery.

The Kinsey Institute Gallery is open 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm weekdays or by appointment. Admission is free. Visitors should be 18 years of age or older, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Kinsey Institute Gallery is located in Indiana University’s Morrison Hall, 1165 E. Third Street (behind Memorial Hall), Bloomington, IN. 812-855-7686.




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