Richard Mitchell Lecture

Richard Mitchell

Truth and Illusion in the History of Still Photography

March 24th, 2019 at 2 pm

Zona Auditorium

A brief discussion of “Truth” and “Illusion” in the history of still photography. Professor Mitchell will discuss the transitional nature of photography as both document and artistic expression. Examples from the history of still photography will be shown and discussed with an emphasis on whether we can believe what we see.

Richard Mitchell is a Professor Emeritus with Youngstown State University where he taught both studio and art history courses in photography.  Trained as a painter and sculptor, he introduced photography as an academic discipline to the Department of Art at YSU in the Mid-1970’s. He was on the YSU faculty for over 30 years. Raised and educated in the North American Midwest, Mitchell has traveled extensively in Latin America to photograph and research Pre-Columbian Art.

“My travels to more than 50 Pre-Columbian sites from Bolivia to Mexico continue to influence my work. It was in Latin America that I truly learned to appreciate the past and connect it to the present with a sense of cultural dignity.” – Professor Richard Mitchell