SoCal PhotoExchange

See the Light—Photography, Perception, Cognition: The Marjorie and 
Leonard Vernon Collection

Posted in Uncategorized by Jim McKinniss on November 4, 2013


This is a current exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Los Angeles residents Marjorie and Leonard Vernon began to collect photography in 1975, eventually building a collection of some 3,600 photographs spanning the entire history of the medium. In 2008 LACMA acquired the complete collection, making it possible for the museum to represent photography’s full range and its centrality in modern visual culture. This exhibition of 220 photographs from the Vernon Collection takes a historical perspective, identifying parallels between photography and vision science over time. The earliest commentaries on photography, published at the moment of its invention in the late 1830s, positioned the medium between art and science. As a scientific instrument, the camera operates as an infallible eye, augmenting physiological vision; as an artistic tool, it channels the imagination, recording creative vision. Much of photography’s authority and fascination resides in its interdisciplinary grounding. Whether we analyze it as a science or admire it as an art, photography’s power may never be fully explained, but it will always offer revelations about vision, perception, and cognition.

This exhibition is located in the Resnick Pavilion at LACMA

October 27, 2013–March 23, 2014
By Jim McKinniss

One Response

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. James D Stearns said, on November 5, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Thanks for sharing Jim McKinniss, really enjoyed the LACMA exhibit.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: