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Meet the Curators
 
 

Merry A. Foresta, formerly Senior Curator of Photography for the Smithsonian American Art Museum, served as coordinator of the Secrets of the Dark Chamber exhibition. She curated numerous shows for the museum, including the critically acclaimed Perpetual Motif: The Art of Man Ray. She also contributed essays to Between Home and Heaven: Contemporary American Landscape Photography, published by the National Museum of American Art in association with the University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

John Wood is professor of English and director of the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at McNeese State University. HisThe Daguerreotype: A Sesquicentennial Celebration (Iowa, 1989) won the Photo History Award of the American Photographic Historical Society. His America and the Daguerreotype (Iowa, 1991) was named one of the outstanding academic books of 1992 by Choice. His essays and poems have appeared in a variety of publications.

 

In addition to collaborating on the exhibit, they co-authored the book Secrets of the Dark Chamber, the Art of the American Daguerreotype.

 Learn more secrets in an interview Merry gave to Essell Thomas.

Past, present, and future (1:12) Audio
Science and art often intersect with milestones of invention. Hear how the Internet connects with the daguerreotype.


 

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