Gail Buckland

Distinguished Visiting Professor

Gail Buckland is author of eight books of photographic history, including Fox Talbot and the Invention of Photography, The Magic Image (with Cecil Beaton), Reality Recorded: Early Documentary Photography, The American Century (with Harold Evans) and Making America. She is former Curator of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain and guest curator at numerous American museums.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.