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In-Conversation: The Mark Ruwedel Photography Archive at Stanford

Sponsored by Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries


Thursday, May 27, 2021
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
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Stanford Libraries invites you to a conversation with Photographer Mark Ruwedel (Professor Emeritus CSUB), National Gallery of Canada Chief Curator of Photographs Emeritus Ann Thomas, Stanford Professor of History Emeritus Richard White, and Stanford Libraries Photography Curator Peter Blank to commemorate the opening of the exhibition Between: Artist Books, Albums, and Portfolios from the Mark Ruwedel Photography Archive at Stanford.
This talk will explore Ruwedel's identification as a photographer operating in an artistic territory between a diverse array of influences and how Stanford Libraries’ photography initiative is empowering rich research opportunities.
 Active since the 1980s,  Mark Ruwedel’s influences include 19th-century western expeditionary photography, Westward expansion and the rise of the railroads, the documentary tradition of Walker Evans, Surrealism, the New Topographic photographers, America's nuclear testing program,  and Earthworks artists, among others. 
Thursday, May 27, 2021 
2:30 - 4:00 pm PT: In-Conversation with Mark Ruwedel, Ann Thomas, Richard White, and Peter Blank followed by Q&A
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required; please register using the RSVP link on the left.
Mark Ruwedel is a Photographer and Professor Emeritus at California State University. He is represented in museums throughout the world, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, National Gallery of Art, Washington; National Gallery of Canada, and many others.  Recent publications include Dog Houses, 2017; Ouarzazate, 2018; seventy-two Miles Across Los Angeles, 2020; and Palms/Capri, 2020. His work has been reproduced in over 75 books and catalogs. Mark Ruwedel’s Archive has been acquired by the Stanford Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 
Ann Thomas is the Chief Curator of Photographs Emeritus at the National Gallery of Canada. She has organized numerous exhibitions and installations and is the author of several catalogs and publications, including, The Intimate World of Josef Sudek (2016). She is the editor of Beauty of Another Order: Photography in Science (1997, Kraszna Kraus Award) and The Extended Moment: Fifty Years of Collecting Photographs at the National Gallery of Canada with John McElhone (2018, 2nd Prize — Alcuin Society). 
Richard White is an Emeritus Professor of American History at Stanford. He is a historian of the United States specializing in the American West, the history of capitalism, environmental history, history and memory, and Native American history.  His work has won numerous academic prizes, and he has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He has written several books, articles, and chapters, including The Republic for Which It Stands - The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896 (2017), and many others.
Peter Blank is the Photography Curator at the Stanford Libraries. During his twenty-one years with Stanford, Peter has guided the development of an outstanding research collection for the study of photography, including a large and significant collection of rare and out-of-print photography books, limited edition titles with prints, photography portfolios, posters, and related ephemera. 
This talk is hosted by the Stanford Libraries Department of Special Collections.