October 13 Free Public Lectures Celebrating The Race to Promontory
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Please join us on Saturday, October 13 at 1:00 pm in the Abbott Lecture Hall for two presentations on photography and the transcontinental railroad:

Glenn Willumson, Double Vision: The Stereographs of Alfred A. Hart
Alfred A. Hart was one of the most innovative photographers of the western landscape, yet he less well known than many of his colleagues because of the relatively small, and, as a result, Hart’s photographs have been understudied. Willumson will discuss Hart’s innovative use of this popular nineteenth century format to meet the needs of his railroad patrons while creating mesmerizing images of the American West.

Daniel Davis, “My mule enjoyed the joke:” Andrew J. Russell’s Western Adventures, 1868-1869
Andrew J. Russell took nearly 1,000 photographs of the Union Pacific Railroad in 1868 and 1869. Today his photographs are studied as art, as historical evidence, and as cultural objects. But who was he as a person? Davis, author of Across the Continent: the Union Pacific Photographs of Andrew J. Russell, will discuss how Russell’s biography influenced the photographs he made, and how he came to the conclusion that Russell was, “an ordinary man caught up in extraordinary events.”

The speakers will be introduced by Toby Jurovics, Chief Curator and Holland Curator of American Western Art.


What's pictured: (above left) Alfred A. Hart (1816–1908), Locomotive on Trestle, near American River, 1865, albumen silver stereograph, Courtesy Union Pacific Railroad Museum; (above right) Andrew Joseph Russell (1829–1902), The Wind Mill at Laramie, 1869, albumen silver print, Courtesy Union Pacific Railroad Museum