Seeing is believing: The languages of photography

From The Avion

The Arts & Letters Series at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University continues this month with a presentation by Kevin Miller, director of the Southeast Museum of Photography at Daytona State College in Daytona Beach.

This free event, titled “Seeing is Believing: The Languages of Photography,” will be held Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Miller Instructional Center auditorium on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.

“In my Embry-Riddle talk I’ll explore the ways that photographs create meaning and transmit information, and how they often shape our sense of self, history and reality,” Miller says. “Photography is the most democratic and accessible of the visual arts as well as our greatest source of knowledge and memory. Its capacity to persuade and inform requires that specialized museums of photography, such as the Southeast Museum of Photography, encourage analysis and scholarship as well as display.”

One of the few museums in the nation dedicated exclusively to photography, the Southeast Museum of Photography is Florida’s most comprehensive photography museum and the largest in the Southeast. Since its opening in 1992, the museum has presented more than 360 exhibitions; 400 symposia, lectures, and other programs; and has published more than 40 catalogs and monographs.

Miller was previously the department chair of Visual Arts at Daytona Beach Community College (the former name of Daytona State College) and head of the photography programs at Charles Sturt University and the Melbourne School of Art, both in Australia. He joined DBCC in 1997 after serving on the photography faculty of Southern Illinois University (SIU). Miller holds graduate qualifications from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and an MFA from SIU-Carbondale.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, offers more than 30 degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Businessand Engineering. The university educates more than 34,000 students annually in undergraduate and graduate programs, with accreditation pending for Embry-Riddle’s first doctoral programs, in Aviation and in Engineering Physics. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Prescott, Ariz., and Daytona Beach, Fla., through the Worldwide Campus at more than 130 campus centers in the United States, Europe, Canada and the Middle East and through online learning. For more information, visit

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