Professor Flavin Leads Study Abroad Course Exploring the Origins of Photography

Associate Professor Christine Flavin and the students enrolled in the her Faculty Led Study Abroad course (photo), “Exploring the Origins of Photography” course in the School of Art and Design, traveled to France and England at the end of the Winter 2013 semester. They were following the footsteps of the inventors and early practitioners of photography. The trip began in Provence where the group photographed the ancient Roman and Medieval Gothic ruins in St. Remy, Arles, Luberon and Roussillon. They then moved north to Paris stopping at Chalon Sur Saone (home of the first inventor of photography, Nicéphore Niépce). After four days in Paris the class crossed the English Chanel to spend time in London and explore the surrounding countryside. The trip culminated with a visit to Lacock Abbey, home of William Henry Fox Talbot, (another inventor of photography) where students attended a workshop in which they reenacted the first photographic process.