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Photographs have shaped the vision of the American landscape almost since cameras became portable, and photographers such as Ansel Adams, whose iconic images of Yosemite remain instantly recognizable, elevated the medium to fine art.

The inspiration and influences of American landscape photography will be discussed in a lecture sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University, or OLLI at Auburn, on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Admission is free and OLLI members, guests and visitors are invited to attend.

The lecture will be by given by Marilyn Laufer, museum director for the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. The program starts at 1 p.m. in the museum auditorium, located at 901 South College St. Lunch will available at the Museum Café before the lecture.

Examination of man’s place in the natural world has been an ongoing subject in western art history, and Laufer will discuss how this theme has motivated the artist behind the camera.

Laufer, who received her doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, joined the faculty of Auburn University’s Department of Art and Art History in 1996. She was appointed interim co-director of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art in 2006 and was named director the following year.

For more information about OLLI at Auburn, contact Linda Shook, OLLI director, at 844-3501 or visit the website