Lake Carmel Arts Center
640 Route 52
Kent Lakes, NY 10512

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How Photography changed art: it’s history, influences and its vertiginous rise as an art form.

Monday, September 12, 2022 at 7:00 pm

Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 7:00 pm

Friday, September 23, 2022 at 7:00 pm

Monday, September 26, 2022 at 7:00 pm


Coming soon to Arts on the Lake

Shundi Art History Lecture Series - On Zoom Platform

Session to now start, 9/12/22

Session to now start, 9/12/22


In this six part lecture series, which begins August 22nd at 7 PM, Alex Shundi explores the impact that the development of photography had in the early 20th Century-and continues to have to this day-upon artists and conceptions of imagery, painting and art. Shundi, an artist, writer and master teacher provides a provocative and challenging analysis of photography's lasting influence.

Lectures are provided via the Zoom platform on Monday evenings at 7 PM. Links are provided to the participants on the day of the lecture and videos of each session is available afterwards. Dates are: 8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26.


Description of the Class


From the camera obscura to the portable camera and film, to color and digital home printing possibilities, 3 D, and movies, the science of photography has quickly turned from reportage of image, to a revealing and complex art-form. Along the way, it replaced sketches and the need to study anatomy, along with replacing many preparatory disciplines that were always considered essential to making art. This replacement, has greatly contributed to the freedom of expression and offered new assessments to the art of illusion by bridging life-experience to a new world of sensations.


Today, a world without photography and all it presents is inconceivable. Paired with new scientific methods, materials, and electricity, it has exploded in importance, allowing for “reportage” of who, where, and how we are and were, the macro and macro worlds, opening endless possibilities of subjective and collective expression.


The knowledge of the wonders that surround us has expanded beyond our imagination thanks to that amazing invention.



We will study the foundation of ideas that caused its birth, beginning with the age old Camera Obscura, its early historical development until the 20th century, and from there all the fascinations it made possible till today.


 A. Shundi