Native Americans in Focus

Noted photographer Anne Nielsen respects her chosen medium, she also likes to explore it. Turning back time, she began making images using the wet-plate method from images taken on her wooden reproduction camera. The camera, a large, yet delicate instrument has been fitted with a brass Voigtland lens made in 1864. The method is fascinating, but the combination of the method and the portrait subjects is pure magic. Native Americans of Maryland’s Eastern Shore have worked with Nielsen in bringing this stunning collection of portrait work alive.

The four recognized indigenous Native American tribes living on the Eastern Shore are the Accohannock, the Assateague, the Nause Waiwash Band of Indians, and the Pocomoke. Nielsen spent months getting to know tribal elders, leaders and members. She considers her experience as one of a lifetime where she not only forged friendships, but also made an historical record for each group. Her photographs are paired with the oral histories taken by Marc Dykeman in the premier exhibit of the show “Catching Shadows: Tintype Portraits and Recorded Voices of 21st Century Native Americans Living on Maryland’s Eastern Shore”.

Presented by the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council, the exhibit begins with a panel discussion and opening reception on Friday, April 23, 2010. The panel discussion includes photographer Anne Nielsen, oral historian Marc A. Dykeman and Tribal Leaders from each group. This is the launch for what is a first of its kind traveling exhibit. On view, and audio through May 29. The effort is supported by Maryland State Arts Council’s Maryland Traditions grant, the Maryland Humanities Council, the Chaney Foundation, and PNC Bank. Free. RSVP’s are required for attendance to the panel discussion.  410.758.2520

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