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‘The Greatest Photographers of 20th Century New York City’ Webinar

December 3, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Can’t make it live? Register and get access to the full replay for one week!
New York Adventure Club | www.AdventureClub.com

While cameras went mainstream beginning in the mid-1800s, they were bulky contraptions requiring lots of patience from both the photographer and its subjects. Though as cameras evolved to be lighter and more portable than ever before, they finally enabled photographers to capture those candid moments happening around them in real-time. It’s time to explore a rapidly changing 20th century New York City through the lens of the era’s most prolific street photographers.

Join New York Adventure Club as we explore 20th-century New York City through the images of early street photographers, who captured the changing faces and identities of a bourgeoning metropolis.

Led by Sylvia Laudien-Meo — art historian, museum educator, and NYC tour guide — this virtual journey around old NYC will include:

  • The changing style of photography, which reflected the advancement of camera technology and drastic changes in our metropolitan lifestyle
  • Artist profiles of dozens of photographers, from their background and motivations to the messages they were trying to convey
  • Select photo projects capturing significant moments in our city’s history, including the immigrant experience (Riis and Hine), World War II (Eisenstaedt), Central Park protesters during the Civil Rights movement (Winogrand), and life in Harlem (DeCarava and Davidson)

Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Sylvia — any and all questions about 20th-century photographers are welcomed and encouraged!

Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

*Immediately upon registering, you will receive a separate, automated email containing the link to join this webinar

**For the best possible viewing experience, please ensure you’re using the latest version of your internet browser — Google Chrome is the most compatible. Exact technical requirements and a webinar user guide will be shared in the automated confirmation email upon registration.

***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

About Sylvia

Sylvia Laudien-Meo is a freelance Art Historian who works in and around the city in various capacities, specializing on Modern and Contemporary art, with a strong focus on Public Art. She teaches art history at Fairleigh Dickinson University and has been working as a museum educator at MoMA, the Guggenheim and the Jewish Museum for over many years, engaging visitors in conversation based, interactive art experiences of permanent collections and changing exhibitions.

For the Municipal Art Society, UFT, Brandeis Univ., and private clients, she has been touring the city for over 20 years, exploring art and architecture, parks, neighborhoods and history. Working in various different capacities gives her a unique opportunity to make intriguing connections and weave together the complex perspectives that make out the tapestry of our fascinating city.

SLM holds a Masters Degree in Art History (with minors in History and American Studies) from the Joh. Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, as well as a Tourism degree from the EST in Paris France.


“Sylvia’s research was wonderful & thorough, an extremely entertaining & thought provoking presentation.” -Mary

“Sylvia did a fab job as per normal.” -Linda

“Excellent choice of photographers and photographs, interesting commentary” -David

“The content is something that I seek out whenever I’ve visited NYC. I’ve found it difficult to find photography exhibits for some reason. Was very happy to view the content today.” -Kent

“Sylvia was outstanding, the program was so well put together, thanks!” -Jack

“Great presentation and excellent choice of photographs.” -Sandra

“Sylvia was entertaining and personable. She had a clear purpose with the photos she used to illustrate how photographers described NY.” -Mark

“Great choice of photographers and photos.” -Eileen

“Sylvia always is so engaging and has an excellent presentation of work.” -Karen


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Categories: Arts, Historic Sites, Virtual

Photo Credits: Taxi – Robert Frank, Group Singing – Roy DeCarava