‘170 Years of Photography’ on exhibit

At Albany Institute of History & Art
Ice Castle in Washington Park (1888) is part of the "Captured Moments" exhibit.
Ice Castle in Washington Park (1888) is part of the "Captured Moments" exhibit.

Editor’s note: This was updated at 3:40 p.m. Thursday, April 20. The date for the talk about 19th-century landscape photography was incorrect.

In this quicksilver age of Instagram and Facebook, sometimes it feels good to take a deep breath, relax and take your time inspecting photographs from the old days.

For the next four weeks, the history of the Capital Region — its people, places and events — are on the walls of the Albany Institute of History & Art in the exhibit “Captured Moments: 170 Years of Photography.”

From 1911, we see a photograph of the massive fire that engulfed the New York State Capitol building. From 1888, there’s an image of a huge ice castle in Washington Park and another in which people with shovels dig out of shoulder-high snow on State Street during the Great Blizzard.

When you go, plan on spending some time, as there are more than 175 images in this exhibit, culled from the museum’s collection of thousands of photographs.

All photographic processes and forms are represented: daguerreotypes, tintypes, albumen prints, cyanotypes, digital inkjet prints and more.

If you go Sunday, April 30, you can attend a talk about 19th-century landscape photography.

Diane Waggoner, a curator of that subject at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., will give a lecture at 2 p.m.

Her talk, which is free with admission, is based on the exhibit “East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography,” now on view at the National Gallery through July 16.

Sunday, May 21, is the last day for “Captured Moments.”


Friday is the last day to see the 39th annual Photography Regional at Albany Center Gallery in the Arcade Building, 488 Broadway.

ACG is open from 12 to 5 p.m. today and Friday.

Admission is free.

Reach Gazette Reporter Karen Bjornland at 395-3197, [email protected] or on Twitter @bjorngazette.

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