Before 1900 approximately 3,000 different photographers were active in New Jersey. A substantial number worked in Union County. One of them, Guillermo Thorn, took many photographs of Plainfield and Scotch Plains. His photographs captured Victorian New Jersey. At the monthly meeting of the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood on Tuesday evening March 22nd, Gary D. Saretzky will profile Guillermo Thorn, Alfred S. Campbell and other Union County pioneers. He will discuss them within the larger context of New Jersey photography in the Nineteenth Century.
Gary D. Saretzky is a professional photographer who is also the Monmouth County Archivist since 1994. Saretzky has taught the history of photography at Mercer County Community College from 1977 through 2012. He has served as coordinator of the Public History Internship Program for the Rutgers University History Department since 1994. Under the auspices of the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, he lectures around the state on topics related to the history of photography. Additionally, Saretzky has published more than 100 articles and reviews on the history of photography and photographic conservation. In the Macmillan Biographical Encyclopedia of Photographic Artists and Innovators he is profiled.
Everyone is invited to this special meeting on Nineteenth century photographers. The Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood is pleased to have one of the Guillermo Thorn experts, Gary Saretzky as our presenter due to the funding by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The meeting is free and open to everyone. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the program. The meeting starts at 8:00PM on Tuesday, March 22rd, 2016. The meeting is held at the Scotch Hills Country Club located at Plainfield Avenue and Jerusalem Road in Scotch Plains.
For more information about this meeting, contact Connie Klock at 908-232-9489 or write to us.