Tech Works Celebrates the History of Photography

Published 04/25 2014 04:43PM

Updated 04/25 2014 05:13PM

Tech Works will be celebrating photography this Sunday with a special event. It will be part of a Pinhole Photography Day.

A variety of photographic technologies will be showcased including a giant walk-in camera along with a collection of Ansco cameras from 1917 to the 1960s.

Preservationist and historian Roger Luther will also be showing some of the work he has done with glass plate negatives that were saved from the Castle at the Greater Binghamton Health Center, which will be renovated.

The negatives are a treasure-trove of history from the former inebriate asylum.

"These are photographs that were taken starting in the 1890's all the way up to 1930. There are over 5-thousand of these glass plate negatives. What they show are the buildings on the campus, staff, events like field day. Most of the photographs are of patients and most of the patient photos actually have names inscribed right on the plates," said Luther.

The event is Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. Technology Talks will be held from 1:30 to 2:30. Camera making will take place from 3 til 5.

Tech Works is at 321 Water Street in Binghamton, a block down from the Hilton Doubletree.

Admission is $5.

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