ICS explores photos documenting poverty

For Immediate Release: Oct. 15, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — The Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) presents a lecture by Vera Viditz-Ward, professor of art and art history, “Visualizing Poverty: The Photographic Document,” as part of ICS's Bloomsburg Explores Poverty symposium.

The lecture, which will be held Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. in Hartline Science Center, Room G38, is free and open to the public.

Since the invention of photography in the mid-19th century, many photographs have addressed impoverished people and their environments. Initially, these photographs were intended as moral lessons for viewers, but as public opinion about the causes and effects of poverty have changed, so has the purpose and impact of these photographic documents. This lecture will introduce and explore the work of specific photographers and the motives behind their commitment to documenting poverty from 1840 to the present.

The lecture is part of the ICS’s Bloomsburg Explores Poverty symposium, aimed at increasing awareness of this topic and encouraging members of the campus community to become involved in organizing activities during the 2015-16 academic year.

The Institute for Culture and Society promotes research, scholarship and the creative and performing arts in BU’s College of Liberal Arts. The institute organizes lectures, presentations and performances that explore and explain aspects of human culture and society.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.