Icons of Photography: The Stories Behind the Images | Newberry

Icons of Photography: The Stories Behind the Images

Led by Margaret Denny, PhD
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Three sessions, Wednesdays, August 4 - August 18

2 - 3:30 pm (Central Time)


Newberry Adult Education Seminars will meet virtually via Zoom. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. If you have questions about online learning, please reach out to seminars@newberry.org.

Seminar Description

Over the course of photography’s relatively short history, certain photographs have become iconic, revealing compassion, love, unrest, controversy, and innovation in fleeting moments. Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” evoked the desperation of the Great Depression by depicting a mother with her children. Edward Muybridge’s “Horse in Motion” revealed that a galloping horse is at certain moments entirely airborne. Alfred Eisenstaedt’s “V-J Day in Times Square” captured the celebratory end of WWII. This seminar will introduce you to photography’s most iconic images and the stories behind them.

Three sessions. Registration – $125

Margaret Denny received her PhD in art history from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has taught survey courses on the history of photography at colleges and universities across Chicago. She specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century women photographers in America and Great Britain.

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor.

First Reading:

  • There is no required reading for this seminar.

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, May 19th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning May 12th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: 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 seminars@newberry.org.

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.