Memory Theaters: The Photographic Books of Bea Nettles

Connelly Auditorium

Lecture by Bea Nettles, who will trace her ongoing involvement with photographic books beginning with her unique and early offset techniques of the 70s and her independently published offset work in the following decades, followed by early "desktop" publishing. Production and distribution will be outlined as she shares the autobiographical content of these books. She is known for her work with women's lives, memory and her strong attachment to particular landscapes utilizing mixed media and experimental photographic processes that are still used in her hand-made artists' books. Always curious, she also incorporates the use of her cell phone camera and print on demand resources. 

Bea Nettles has been exhibiting and publishing her autobiographical works since 1970. Since that time, she has had over 50 one-person exhibitions including the International Museum of Photography at the Eastman House, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, and Light Gallery and Witkin Gallery in NYC. Her works have also been shown internationally in major group exhibitions.

Her images are in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Canada, the Polaroid International Collection, the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., the International Museum of Photography at the Eastman House, and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Ariz. Her artists’ books can be found in special collections libraries at universities including Yale (Beinecke), Washington and Virginia. In 2005, Bea Nettles was the von Hess Visiting Artist at the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts at the University of the Arts.

She taught photography and artists’ books from 1970 to 2007 at Rochester Institute of Technology, Tyler School of Art and the University of Illinois, where she is currently professor emerita.

Nettles continues to lecture and teach workshops internationally.

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211 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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