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Heather Shannon

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art History
Associate Curator, Department of Photography, George Eastman Museum

PhD, Rutgers University, 2017
Dissertation: Primitive Camera: Adam Clark Vroman and the Status of Photography in Late-Nineteenth-Century America

George Eastman Museum
Museum Building, Lower Level 2
(585) 327-4966
hshannon@eastman.org


Research Overview

Research interests: the Gabriel Cromer collection, the photography of clouds in the nineteenth century, nineteenth-century panoramic photographs

Area of specialization: Nineteenth-century photography, nineteenth-century photography of the American West 

Courses Taught

  • PPC 460 Master’s Essay

Selected Exhibitions and Publications

  • 2004 Brave New World: 20th-Century Children's Books from the Cotsen Children's Library, Princeton University Library (co-curated with Andrea Immel and Eric Johnson)
  • 2006 Framing the Frontier: Photographers & the American West, 1850-1920, Princeton University Library 
  • 2014-2015 Indelible: The Platinum Photographs of Larry McNeil and Will Wilson, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Instiution
  • 2015-2016 Dark Fields of the Republic: Alexander Gardner Photographs, 1859-1872, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution (co-curated with David Ward) 
  • "Sacred Stories: Photography's Indigenous Origins," in Tanya Sheehan and Andres Mario Zervigon, eds., 104-117 (London: Routledge, 2015)