Museum exhibit features history of cameras

Chyna James

The Georgia Southern Museum welcomed a new exhibit called “Click! Exploring the History & Science of Cameras,” on Feb. 16, 2016.

Throughout the last four years, the graphic design professional practice class has partnered with the museum to create exhibits for everyone to enjoy and to give students experience with designing and executing projects.

Each year there is a “changing” themed exhibit that creates the opportunity for research to bring change to the campus through different multidisciplinary topics.

Visitors of the Click! exhibit have the chance to explore the art, history and science of photography through a wide variety of historic cameras, creative hands-on activities about how they work and how they have changed overtime.

Graphic design professor, Santanu Majumdar and his students were a big part of making the exhibit available.

“The current generation has no idea how cameras work and they just take a picture with their camera phone,” Majumdar said. “They don’t understand cameras and how it’s a science so they should go and see it. There are a lot of old cameras with the original packing and it’s very interesting. It’s enjoyable because of the look but we were also able to bring certain elements that are important for the community and students.”

Museum director, Brent Tharp, works with the graphic design class to produce the exhibit.

“It’s important to make students a part of the creation and fabrication and not just visitors,” Tharp said. “ Its great that we were able to use a core collection of cameras that had been donated by alumni. We wanted to bring those back for the exhibit, seeing as though we’re in a distinct time today.”

Students around campus are interested in seeing the new exhibit as well. Junior graphic design major, Lyanna Mitchell plans to learn a little more about cameras by visiting the exhibit.

“Even if you only use cameras for social media, the new exhibit would help students learn how to better document what they’re trying to express,” Mitchell said. “We all have to know how to use cameras, professionally and recreationally.”

Designing usually takes a month and half and execution takes about 2-3 weeks.

The exhibit will stay in the museum for one year. The next exhibit the committee is already working on will be “The Great War that Changed Georgia.”

Photo courtesy of Kiara Griffin.