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History, photos to be discussed at NGCSU

Lectures address 2 unique topics

POSTED: March 24, 2011 12:30 a.m.
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The "Lost Gutenbergs" were historically accurate replicas of the original manuscript from the 1450s.

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North Georgia College and State University has arranged for two lectures that will delight history and photography enthusiasts alike.

At 8 p.m. Wednesday, the Dahlonega institution will host a lecture by Rick Guidotti, a former fashion photographer turned philanthropist, in its Hoag Student Center.

In 1997, Guidotti started a nonprofit organization, Positive Exposure. The organization uses photography as a means to challenge stigma's associated with "genetic differences" like albinism. Guidotti will be discussing the organization's mission, as well as his exhibit, "Positive Exposure: The Spirit of Difference."

For the exhibit, Guidotti traveled around the world compiling photographs and stories of children with genetic conditions. Some of his work is on display in the school's Library and Technology Center.

A reception will follow the lecture.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, North Georgia will host an event featuring bookbinder Tim Yancey.

Yancey is not only the founder of Legacy Bookbinding and Restoration, LLC., he also helped bind the "Lost Gutenbergs."

In 1956, as a way of celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Gutenberg Bible printing, Cooper Square Publishing decided to create historically accurate replicas of the ornate original, an illuminated manuscript from the 1450s.

The Gutenberg Bible was the first major work to be printed using a moveable type press, invented by Johannes Gutenberg. The machine was known as the Gutenberg Press.

Sales of the two-volume set tapered off after the 1961 debut, leaving hundreds of thousands of unbound pages to sit in storage warehouses, until they were rediscovered by Yancey in 2007.

Using 15th-century techniques, Yancey and Michael Chrisman have hand-bound the "lost" 160,000 pages from the Cooper Square printing.

Yancey's lecture will focus his Gutenberg work. It will be held in the library center.

Both events are free and open to the public.


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