Travel Photography and the Tourist Imagination | Newberry

Travel Photography and the Tourist Imagination

Led by Margaret Denny. Three sessions. 2 - 4 pm.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Tuesdays, November 24 - December 8

2 - 4 pm

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Seminar Description

From stereographic views and slide presentations to picture postcards or casual Kodak snapshots, tourism and photography are inextricably linked. Photographs capture would-be-traveler's imagination and provide indelible memories of places visited. This seminar traces the development of travel photography beginning with the nineteenth-century surveyors who reached the Western frontier via wagon trains to the early twentieth-century adventurers whose journeys by cruise ship, rail or automobile fueled a growing tourist industry.

Three sessions. Registration – $170

Margaret Denny is an art historian who holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She teaches courses on photography history at colleges and universities in Chicago. Her research addresses American and British women photographers.

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first session of this seminar.

Registration Information

Online registration opens at 9 am (CDT) on Tuesday, September 1st.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, the Adult Education Seminars staff is working remotely and will be unable to process registration over the phone. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.