Creating Tomorrow’s Technology to Capture the Relics of the Past

Monday, April 22, 2013 ( 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm )

Location: Kidde 228, Stevens Institute of Technology

The Visual Arts and Technology Program in the College of Arts of Letters invites students and faculty members from across the Institute to a lecture and workshops on archaeological photography. This highly specialized discipline requires cutting edge technology to help preserve a cultural record of the past in an ever-increasing globalized world. In this talk, Orestis Kourakis will discuss how the photograph of an archaeological item must record accurately, highlighting its distinctive features or qualities, and subtly providing more information than the naked eye perceives. This highly challenging process requires a sophisticated utilization of a number of techniques and technologies: light manipulation, digital infrared or ultraviolet photography, panoramic or three-dimensional photography, and robotics. This lecture will introduce students and faculty members to archaeological photography, an exciting new field which stands at the intersection of art and science. Kourakis will demonstrate how innovations in the technology of photography provide an accurate and aesthetically pleasing documentation of cultural heritage that serves the needs of the professional community and the general public equally. For the lecture, Kourakis will speak about the theoretical underpinnings of the field, particularly with regard to where the art and practice of photography becomes an indispensable constituent of the scientific study of the material culture. The workshops will offer a more practical and hands-on approach to the technology involved. Those interested are welcome and encouraged to attend any and all components.

Workshop on Robotics in Photography – 4-5 pm, Thursday, April 25, Morton 203
Workshop on Virtual Camera and Studio Lighting – 5-6 pm, Tuesday, April 30, Morton 203

Orestis Kourakis is an archaeological photographer, a Fulbright Fellow, a visiting research scholar at Columbia University and a visiting artist in residence at Stevens Institute of Technology. In 2011, he has been selected by the Louvre Museum exclusive photographer for the 2011-2012 “Ancient Macedonia, the kingdom of Alexander the Great” exhibition at Louvre. He has been the official and exclusive photographer and cinematographer of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki (Greece) since 2006 and has collaborated with many leading museums and institutions worldwide. He teaches photography and post production in the American College of Thessaloniki since 2010 and has given series of lectures on archaeological photography at many US’ institutions. Apart from archaeological photography he has been the cinematographer and editor of awarded archaeological documentaries. His work has been published in numerous scientific books and magazines internationally.