Bard Faculty

Laurie Dahlberg

Associate Professor of Art History and Photography

Primary Academic Program: Art History

Academic Program Affiliation(s): French Studies, Photography, Science, Technology, and Society, Victorian Studies

Academic Expertise: Art History

Area of Specialization: Photography


B.S., M.A., Illinois State University; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University. Current project, Amateur vs. amateur: Photography and the Devolution of a Gentleman’s Art, 1839-1900. Author, Victor Regnault and the Advance of Photography, the Art of Avoiding Errors (Princeton University Press, 2005); Larry Fink (Phaidon, 2005). Contributor, Interior Portraiture and Masculinity in Nineteenth-Century France (Ashgate, 2011); Encyclopedia of 19th-Century Photography (Taylor & Francis, 2007); Louis Robert, L'Alchimie des Images (1999). Awards and honors: Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society (2012); National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipend (2012, 2000); Model/Blum Fellow, National Gallery of Canada (1995). At Bard since 1996.


  • Research Interests: 19th c. Photography, 19th c. art; vernacular and domestic photography; 19th c. culture (France, Britain, America); colonial photography, travel and exploration photography; portraiture
  • Teaching Interests: all photography; 19th c. painting and graphic art; outsider art; visual culture, material culture; writing and composition
  • Other Interests: history of science; history of aesthetics; material culture; natural history (insects, animals, plants); writing


Phone: 845-758-7239
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