Date(s) - Tuesday, October 3, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Our guest speaker this evening is Ted Roth.
Ted’s talk is focused around his book called ‘Brass Valley: The Fall of an American Industry‘. It is about brass-makers working in mills in the Naugatuck Valley in the US. The talk is accompanied by vivid photographs of Brass Valley from the book and others taken more recently, while he shares experiences and discoveries made while photographing, and talks about what it means to try to find and photograph Brass Valley, a place in time that has not quite vanished.
Ted will also discuss his photo techniques, using such tools as NIK and Topaz and what he has learned from people such as Freeman Patterson, Andre Kertezs and Dorothea Lange and telling stories with multiple pictures. He likes the ideas of Seeing in the Sixes.
Ted Roth has been shooting photographs since childhood. He studied both design and language arts at Carnegie-Mellon University, earning degrees in architecture and literature. His photographic instincts led him to careful compositions under natural light only, but no image is finished without slow development of the image’s full potential in the darkroom of his computer. His pictures and his experiences while shooting them inspire his writing. After forty years living and teaching in Connecticut’s “Northwest Hills,” he became fascinated with the old mill towns of Connecticut and their history.