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Panel Discussion on Photography to be Held September 7 at the Palmer Museum of Art

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Steve McCurry photograph taken in Brazil

The Palmer Museum of Art will present a panel discussion titled "Documentary Photography in a Photoshop World" at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7, in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium.

Photography as an art form has long been associated with a sense of truth and authenticity that is paradoxically at odds with the technical and artistic aspects of crafting an image. Panelists will offer their understandings and insight into Steve McCurry's body of work within the larger contexts of photojournalism and the art of photography.

Panelists include:

  • Tina Hay, editor of The Penn Stater magazine
  • Joyce Robinson, curator, Palmer Museum of Art
  • Steven Rubin, associate professor of art
  • Will Yurman, senior lecturer in communications

Still Moving: Photographs by Steve McCurry, on view at the museum through September 18, features color images by the celebrated National Geographic photographer most recognized for his iconic portrait of the refugee “Afghan Girl.” Many of McCurry’s best-known and lesser-known photographs are on display, and visitors are invited to look closely at McCurry’s evocative use of color, light, and gesture as essential components in the visual strategies he employs to create his signature style. Moreover, this exhibition provides a unique opportunity to engage with recent questions raised about the veracity of McCurry’s images due to his noticeable use of Photoshop, and to consider the porous partitions separating documentary truth from artistic interpretation.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art.

Exhibitions on view at the Palmer Museum of Art this fall are Recent Acquisitions: Gifford Beal in Rockport, August 23 through December 18; The Gentle Satire of Adolf Dehn, August 30 through December 18; and Expanded Practice, October 18 through December 11.

The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State is located on Curtin Road and admission is free. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4:00 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and some holidays. Extended hours: Thursday, October 6, 13, 20, and 27, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Reduced hours: Saturday, November 19, through Sunday, November 27, noon to 4:00 p.m., and Saturday, December 17, through Thursday, December 22, noon to 4:00 p.m. Closed Thursday, November 24; Friday, November 25; and Friday, December 23, 2016, through Sunday, January 1, 2017.