Interior Life: Photography’s Place on and off the Wall in the Late 19th
and Early 20th Centuries 

Erin Waters

Saturday September 7th 4:00pm
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Using images from her expansive collection of interior photographs, Waters will explore how people displayed images in their homes and dorm rooms between 1880 and 1920. Drawing from contemporary periodicals, she will bring attention to the sometimes heated discussions about the “proper” ways to decorate with snapshots, family photographs, stock photography, and ephemera. She will touch on ideas of personality expressed through interior design evident within both the “cozy corner” fad and the “room collage.” Both design trends relied heavily on photographs as fodder for decoration and were well documented in subsequent photographs by their creators. The ephemeral nature of these interiors leaves us only these resulting photographs as evidence that these amazingly personal interiors existed.