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Past Fellows in the History of Photography

Lisette Model/Joseph G. Blum Fellowships in the History of Photography

2006/2007 2004/2005 2003/2004 2002/2003 2001/2002 2000/2001 1999/2000 1998/1999 1997/1998 1996/1997 1995/1996 1994/1995 1992/1993 1991/1992


Robert Evans, of Ottawa, Ontario, is the recipient of a Lisette Model/Joseph G. Blum Fellowship in the History of Photography. He graduated from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax and has a master’s degree from Carleton University, Ottawa, where he is now a doctoral candidate. Robert Evans will use the Gallery’s collections to analyze 19th century photographs of British cities in their historical and social contexts in order to explore visual regimes of modernity. 

Dr. Phillip Prodger, Gainesville, Florida, is particularly interested in nineteenth-century photography and is examining the history of focus from the nineteenth century to the present, using original works in the Gallery's collections, and contemporaneous accounts found in the Library and Archives. An independent curator, writer and accomplished researcher, Dr. Prodger has held curatorial positions at several museums around the world. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, England.


Randy Innes of Ottawa, Ontario , is the recipient of the Lisette Model/Joseph G. Blum Fellowship in the History of Photography. Innes received his M.A. from the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism, University of Western Ontario, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, New York. His research at the National Gallery will explore to what degree the aesthetic and formal concerns of Romanticism influenced the style and subject matter of early photography.


Dana MacFarlane, Stockwell, Essex, England, has been awarded the Lisette Model/Joseph G. Blum Fellowship in the History of Photography. She will investigate the impact of photomechanical reproductions of works of Italian Renaissance art on art historical and literary commentators in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Dana MacFarlane received an MA in the history of art from the University of Toronto and a PhD in art history and theory from the University of Essex. Currently teaching in the School of Art History, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, she has held academic positions with the University of Bristol, University of Essex, Goldsmiths College and St. Martin’s School of Art.


David Harris, Montreal, Quebec, is the 2002-2003 Lisette Model/Joseph G. Blum Fellow in the History of Photography. From 1986 through 1996 he held curatorial positions with the Photographs Collection, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. David Harris is currently an independent curator and historian, and lectures in the history of photography at the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto. His fellowship will study the approach, methods and strategies of Eugène Atget for photographing architectural, urban and garden spaces from 1898 to 1927; this research continues and expands upon the exhibition and publication Eugène Atget: Itinéraires parisiens that Mr. Harris prepared for the Musée Carnavalet, Paris, in 1999.


Julia Pascual, Freiburg, Germany, has been awarded the Lisette Model/Joseph G. Blum Fellowship in the History of Photography. A graduate of the University of Cologne and the Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Julia Pascual is currently a doctoral candidate in the history of photography at the Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe. She will study aspects of the evolution of landscape photography through examination of the holdings of the Photographs Collection of the National Gallery.


Brigitte Desrochers, Montreal, Quebec, has been awarded the Lisette Model/Joseph G. Blum Fellowship in the History of Photography. She is a graduate of the Université de Montréal and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, who has completed recent projects with The British School at Rome, Musée d'archéologie et d'histoire Pointe-à-Callières, Montreal and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Through study of collections in Ottawa, Montreal, Rome, Naples and Pompeii, Ms. Desrochers will examine the photographs of Pompeii taken by Giorgio Sommer (1834-1914) and their relationship to both the emerging photographic genre of 'scientific' archaeological records and the contemporary demand for tourist views.


Denis Canguilhem, Paris, France, was awarded the Lisette Model/Joseph G. Blum Fellowship in the History of Photography. A recent graduate of the Université de Strasbourg, the École nationale de la photographie, Arles, and the École des Hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, Mr. Canguilhem will examine formal and conceptual aspects of the work of American photographer Harold E. Edgerton (1903-1990) in the context of the evolution of scientific techniques in instantaneous photography. In 1997 the National Gallery received a significant gift of photographs by Edgerton from the Harold and Esther Edgerton Family Foundation, Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Vincent Lavoie, of Laval, Québec, has received the award of a Lisette Model/Joseph G. Blum Fellowship in the History of Photography. He will carry out research on the work of American photographer Lewis Baltz

Sigrid Schulze, of Berlin, Germany, also shares the award of a Lisette Model/Joseph G. Blum Fellowship in the History of Photography. She will study 19th century German daguerreotypes in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.


Roger Taylor, of Bradford, England, is the beneficiary of the Lisette Model/Joseph G.Blum Fellowship in History of Photography. He is an independent curator, researcher, author, and consultant in photographic history. Mr. Taylor has organized exhibitions of British 19th century photography and has lectured extensively in Britain, Europe, the Far East and New Zealand. During his residency at the National Gallery, he will be working on his project Paper to Paper for which he will survey the field of British photography between 1839 and 1865 and identify workers using paper-negative processes. He will place the whole period of paper-negative photography within its social, cultural and technological context and will create a critical dictionary of British photographers using paper-negative processes.


Andrea Kunard, of Ottawa, Ontario, is a recipient of the Lisette Model/Joseph G. Blum Fellowship in History of Photography. She is a graduate student in the Master’s of Canadian Art History program at Carleton University and an assistant curator at the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography for the summer exhibition. Ms. Kunard has held various positions in Canadian museums, art galleries and universities, and has published numerous articles on contemporary art in Canadian art journals. During her residency at the National Gallery, she will study the Frith works contained in the Gallery’s Photographs Collection and the Study Collection. She will assess the varied output of the F. Frith & Co. of Reigate, Surrey, and relate it to larger social, political and economic issues during British colonialism.

Maria Antonella Pelizzari, of Genoa, Italy, is one of two recipients of the Lisette Model/Joseph G. Blum Fellowship in History of Photography. She is a Ph.D candidate in History of Art and History of Photography at the University of New Mexico. Her dissertation topic explores the cross-cultural exchange between American and Italian cultures after World War II. Ms. Pelizzari is a skilled researcher, with extensive knowledge of Italian photography, and has published in several professional journals. Her research at the National Gallery will focus mainly on the archival resources in the Photographs Collection, in particular on Lisette Model’s 35 mm negatives and prints of Italy, and related documentation.


Emmanuel Décarie, of Montreal, Quebec, one of the beneficiaries of the Lisette Model/Joseph G. Blum Fellowship in Photography, will complete his M. A. in the history of art at the Université de Montréal in the Fall of 1995, on the subject of figurative sculpture commissioned for public buildings in Montreal, between 1850 and 1950. He collaborated with photographer Jean-Claude Bustros in the research, coordination and production of the photo-exhibition "Reliefs, pierre et lumière," presented at the Palais de la Civilisation in Montreal in the summer of 1992. Mr. Décarie published a related article in the Montreal sculpture review ESPACE (Winter 1993) entitled " Vie et mort de la sculpture architecturale figurative de Montréal." For his CCVA fellowship, Mr. Décarie will pursue research on the French photographer Charles Nègre (1820-1880) during a six-week residency at the NGC in the Winter of 96. His focus of study will be the gallery's rich collection of Nègre photographs and what he considers to be Nègre's use of the blurred image as an aesthetic device of photographic representation, his revival of traditional linear and atmospheric perspective and his transposition of 'pictorial realism' in painting to the rendering of 'optical realism' in photography.

Alisa Luxenberg, of Burton, Ohio, second beneficiary of the Lisette Model/ Joseph G. Blum Fellowship in Photography, is an independent scholar from the United States. She earned her doctorate at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, in 1991, on the work of the French painter Léon Bonnat (1833-1922), under the direction of Robert Rosenblum. Ms. Luxenberg completed her M.A. in art history at Boston University in 1984, on the subject “Speculations on Goya and Photography”. She has been Gould Foundation Visiting Fellow at Princeton University in 1991-92 and has taught since at Washington University, St-Louis, at Ohio State University and for Boston University's Summer Program in Paris. Her articles and exhibition catalogue essays and entries on Spanish and French nineteenth century art and cultural history have appeared in the US and in Spain. Ms. Luxenberg will work on a little-known series of documentary photographs by the French photographer J. Andrieu (active 1860 and 1870). This group of photographs, entitled Les Désastres de la guerre and dated 1871, echoing Goya's series of etchings of the earlier 1800s, document and comment upon the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 and the Paris Commune of 1871.


Laurie Dahlberg, of Paris, France, beneficiary of the Lisette Model/Joseph G. Blum Fellowship in Photography, is now pursuing doctoral studies at Princeton University, under the direction of Professor Peter Bunnell. Ms. Dahlberg will be studying the extensive collections at the National Gallery of nineteenth century French photographers, in the context of her dissertation research on Victor Regnault and Louis Robert. During the peak of their production, the two photographers, educated as chemists, worked together at the imperial porcelain factory at Sèvres in the 1850s, where Regnault was director and Robert was head of the painting and gilding studio. Ms. Dahlberg's dissertation is entitled: Victor Regnault, Louis Robert and Photography at the Manufacture Impériale de Sèvres. Before taking her M.A. in art history at Princeton, concentrating on nineteenth-century photography, she completed an earlier master's degree in art history at Illinois State University, with Professor Dolores Kilgo, contributing research to Professor Kilgo's forthcoming book on the American daguerreotypist, Thomas Martin Easterly. At Illinois State, Ms. Dahlberg also earned a B.Sc. degree in studio art with a concentration in glass. From 1987 to 1991, she has been Curator of Exhibitions at the Illinois State University GaIleries. She has organized several exhibitions and both edited and contributed to related catalogues. Most recently, she has contributed to the exhibition catalogue Thomas Eakins, edited by John Wilmerding and published by the National Portrait Gallery in London, England, in 1993.

William Stapp, of Rochester, New York, second beneficiary of the Lisette Model/Joseph G. Blum Fellowship in Photography, is currently from Rochester, New York, where he was, until recently, Senior Curator of Photography at George Eastman House, the International Museum of Photography and Film. Mr. Stapp was Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery in Washingon D.C. from 1976 to 1991, during which time he organized numerous exhibitions and published related catalogues. At George Eastman House, from 1991 to 1993, Mr. Stapp has continued to mount exhibitions of a broad range of nineteenth and twentieth century photographers, from Hill, Adamson and Atget to Ansel Adams and World War Il American photographers. Mr. Stapp has published actively since the 1970s, in book and periodical form, and is well-known and respected in his field. His most recent book, now in press, is entitled Landscape of War: Civil War Photographs, to be published by Houghton Mifflin. He has served extensively as both judge and juror of photographic competitions and as an advisor and museum consultant across the United States. During his tenure at the CCVA, Mr. Stapp will pursue research initiated over a decade ago into the life and work of John Beasly Greene (1832-1856), an American photographer and archaeologist active in Egypt and Algeria (1853-1856). The title af his research proposaI is John Beasly Greene: Photography and Archaeology in the Middle East in the 1850s.


Carol Payne, of Ottawa, Ontario, will be a beneficiary of the Lisette Model/Joseph G. Blum Fellowship in Photography. She holds a B.FA. in Visual Arts from York University, an M.A. in art history from Boston University (Boston, Massachusetts) and is currently completing a PhD., also at Boston University. Ms. Payne has published frequently in Views: The Journal of Photography in New England and has delivered papers at the Third Annual American Studies Graduate Student Conference (Boston, 1992) and the Frick Collection/Institute of Fine Arts, Symposium on the History of Art (New York, 1992). She has worked for the Department of Photographs of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Massachusetts Historical Society and the London Regional Art Gallery. In addition, she has taught the history of photography at Boston University as well as serving as a teaching fellow there for two years. As a Lisette Model/Joseph G. Blum Fellow, Ms, Payne will work on her dissertation which examines the photographic production and criticism of American photographer/filmmaker Ralph Steiner between 1920 and 1950. Known for his work on such documentary films as The Plow that Broke the Plains (1936) and The City (1939), Steiner was also a central figure in the development of a documentary-style aesthetic in North American still photography during the 1920's and 1930’s.

Larry J. Schaaf, of Baltimore, Maryland, will share the Lisette Model/Joseph G. BIum Fellowship in Photography. Mr. Schaaf holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. from the same university with a thesis on Nineteenth Century Photographic Positive Processes. He completed a PhD. in the History of Art at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, with the thesis A love of Light: Herschel, Talbot & Photography. Currently an independent historian and consultant, Mr. Schaaf has organized exhibitions of English 19th century photography in the U.S., Scotland and England and has lectured widely on Henry Fox Talbot, Anna Atkins and others in the U.S., Britain and Europe. He has published books on Anna Atkins, Sir John Herschel and William Henry Fox Talbot, the most recent being Out of the Shadows: Herschel, Talbot and the Invention of Photography, Yale University Press, 1992. For the period of his fellowship in Ottawa, Larry Schaaf will be continuing his study of Talbot's photographs, of which there is an important deposit in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, as well as the work of 19th century British astronomer and photographer, Charles Piazzi Smyth.


Bob Shamis, of Rochester, New York, is the Lisette Model/Joseph G. Blum Fellow in Photography. Mr. Shamis is a graduate student in the Fine Art Photography/Museum Studies program at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y., having returned to his studies from a career as freelance photographer, curator and researcher. He will be conducting research on the life and work of the American photographer Leon Levinstein (1913-1988) and on the influences which formed his art.