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What: The community is invited to the Houston Metropolitan Research Center’s Second Saturday’s series presentation of local photographers. In collaboration with the exhibition Faces, Places & Spaces, please join Houston photographers Jeff Balke, Tracy Carlson, and Katya Hormer for a panel discussion and Questions & Answers about Houston photography today. This program is free and open to the public.

For more details, please visit or call 832-393-1313.

Where: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at the Houston Public Library Julia Ideson Building, 550 McKinney, 77002, 832-393-1662

When: Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 2 PM

About the Exhibit: Places, Places & Spaces
The Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC) in the Julia Ideson Building is home to thousands of glass plate negatives capturing Houston and its citizens from the late 1800s. The exhibition explores the glass plate negative in a contemporary context, demonstrating its enduring value as a documentary and aesthetic form.

During the 1880s, the use of glass as a transparent and stable base for dry photographic emulsions replaced the collodion wet plate process. Glass was the first widely implemented medium used to create a transparent photographic negative. The end product became known as the glass plate negative but became obsolete as the camera and the photograph processes evolved over time. Commonly used into the 1920s, glass plate negatives prefigured the more durable, affordable, and familiar flexible film negative.

HMRC is home to thousands of glass plate negatives capturing Houston and its citizens from the late 1800s. Although the majority of the images are an assortment of studio portraits, street scenes, and residences, other subjects and places are also represented. Selected from a variety of HMRC collections, the negatives reveal a visual cross-section of Houston citizenry and scenes representing the first century of the city’s history. These distinctive negatives are rare, fragile, and irreplaceable historical artifacts. To safeguard against damage, some of these images have been reproduced in a contemporary light box installation illuminating the space.

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials, and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at or call 832-393-1313.


Sandra Fernandez
Manager of Public Relations
Houston Public Library
832.393.1381; cell 713.435.9448

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