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“Darwin’s Camera”“Darwin’s Camera”<img alt="" src="/darwin-day-sub-site/PublishingImages/Darwin%20Day%202016/Jon_Cox.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>Jon Cox, Assistant Professor of Art and Design and National Geographic Explorer</p>2016-02-11T05:00:00Z<p>​Abstract: Darwin’s Camera, a book published by Phillip Prodger is “a fascinating account of the influences, scientific and aesthetic desires, and practices through which Charles Darwin engaged with photography … – this book’s focus is especially on the search for photographic and other forms of visual evidence which could be used in his evolutionary study of emotion and its physiological manifestations. This, of course, resulted in Darwin’s last great book of evolutionary theory, The Expressions of the Emotions in Men and Animals (1872), one of the first photographically illustrated books of science … It explores Darwin’s exposure to painting whilst a student at Cambridge, his use of family photographs, Darwin’s experience as a photographic subject and celebrity, his expeditions around the photographic dealers of London, looking for images, his correspondence around images with scientists and artists alike, including clear connections to the photographic canon in the persons of Julia Margaret Cameron and Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll). It also explores the way Darwin focused on what he saw as key elements of analytical relevance, such as ears, infant expressions, and so forth. All this is fascinating material and rebuffs the idea that Darwin was ‘non-visual.’” Professor Cox will share this history as well as ramifications of this work that appear in contemporary photography. Bio: An active explorer/photographer, Professor Cox has traveled to all seven continents. He has been a University of Delaware faculty director of more than twenty photography based study abroad programs. Besides being named to two prestigious distinctions, namely a National Geographic Explorer and a New York Exploer’s Club Explorer, Professor Cox is the author of three books: Hadzabe, Light of a Million Fires, a 250-page documentary book on the Hadzabe, one of Tanzania’s last Hunter/Gathering Peoples; Close-up Digital Nature Photography; and, Digital Nature Photography. He currently is working on a fourth book on a community on the brink of extinction in Peru, the Ese'Eja who live outside of Bahuaja-Sonene National Park in Peru.</p>

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