Nathan Benn: Photographing the Finger Lakes for National Geographic


In anticipation of the summer spotlight exhibition, FLX KODACHROME, please join Corning’s Rockwell Museum as we hear first-hand from artist Nathan Benn. Benn photographed New York’s Finger Lakes Region for National Geographic in 1975, the year when the magazine reached peak circulation of 10.8 million. In addition to sharing images of the Finger Lakes from the mid-1970s, Benn will briefly discuss the evolution of color photography after 1900, a few of National Geographic’s milestones in publishing history, and his own path onto the National Geographic photo staff just as he celebrated his 22nd birthday. Benn focused his lens on the heritage and industry of the region, capturing sweeping aerial landscapes of the Finger Lakes and surrounding small towns, as well as portraits of assembly line workers, glassblowers, winery pickers, auctioneers, parade spectators, scout troops and racing enthusiasts of the 70s.

Event Format: This is a Zoom Webinar – that means your camera and microphone won’t be activated, and you’ll be able to just sit back, relax and listen in. A chat box will be available for you to engage with the other attendees and ask questions.

The Zoom link will be included in your confirmation email once you register, and will include simple instructions on how to join with your computer, mobile phone or tablet.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Free and open to the public | Suggested $10 donation for Not-Yet-Members
Location: Zoom | Register to receive link



To read more about Nathan Benn’s experience photographing the Finger Lakes, get a copy of the May/June 2021 issue of “Life in the Finger Lakes” magazine.
Click here to get your copy!

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