Laurie Dahlberg, Photo Historian

"You can't escape the past, but you can learn to look to it for all it can teach you about your own work."

Laurie Dahlberg is Bard's historian of photography. From 1987 to 1990, she was a curator of contemporary art at the University Galleries of Illinois State University. She subsequently received a doctorate in art history from Princeton University, where her dissertation examined the work of Victor Regnault and Louis Robert, two pioneers of early French photography.

In addition to her teaching at Bard, she writes and lectures widely on photography. Her books include Victor Regnault and the Advance of Photography: The Art of Avoiding Errors (2005), which examines photography as a pressure point for nineteenth-century fears about industrialism and progress, and Larry Fink (2005), a monograph in the acclaimed Phaidon "55" photography series. She is at work on two new books: a cultural history of home photography prior to the Kodak revolution, and an edited collection of essays on photography and abjection.