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Photography

A major strength of the overall holdings, photography is particularly well represented in the Museum collection.

Numerous works illustrate the nineteenth-century range of photographic techniques. Daguerreotypes include 1843 travel images of the Orient by Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, portraits by the Boston firm of Southworth and Hawes, as well as a view of the Moon recorded by John Adams Whipple at the Harvard University observatory in 1851. A calotype by William Henry Fox Talbot, one of the inventors of the medium, shows Trafalgar Square in 1843.

Portraits of all periods, images of the American Civil War and the Baltic conflicts, panoramic views of the pristine American West, photogravures from Camera Work, historic images by artists connected with the Farm Security Administration, as well as early Life Magazine images, are among the Museum’s holdings. A highlight of the collection is works in depth by Berenice Abbott, Harold Edgerton, Danny Lyon, and Robert Adams.

Through terms of an initiative to engage current students in the acquisition process, the Museum is engaged in a ten-year project to acquire contemporary photography and video works. Dawoud Bey, Peter Campus, Gregory Crewdson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Olafer Eliasson, Adam Fuss, Mary Ellen Mark, Richard Misrach, Shirin Neshat, and the Swiss team of Fischli and Weiss are among the artists whose works have entered the collection under this program.

Camera Obscura Image of Houses Across the Street in Our Bedroom Full Image

artist/maker:
Abelardo Morell

date:
1991

medium:
gelatin silver print, 20 x 24 inches

nationality:
American, born Cuba

period:
born 1948

Object no: 1996.004

Purchase with funds provided by the Memorial Art Fund.

Construction of Nelson’s Column, Trafalgar Square Full Image

artist/maker:
William Henry Fox Talbot

date:
1843

medium:
salted paper print from a calotype, 6 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches

nationality:
British

period:
1800–1877

Object no: 1999.011

Purchase with funds provided by the Frederick and Martha Lapham Art Acquisition Fund and the Fine Arts Acquisition Fund.

Toussaint and Terrell Full Image

artist/maker:
Dawoud Bey

date:
1995

medium:
Polaroid, 2 parts, each 30 x 22 inches

nationality:
American

period:
born 1953

Object no: 1999.012

Purchase with funds provided by the Contemporary Photography, Film, and Video Acquisition Fund.

San Francisco Street Demonstration Full Image

artist/maker:
Dorothea Lange

date:
1933

medium:
vintage gelatin silver print, 9 x 7 inches

nationality:
American

period:
1895-1965

Object no: 2000.043

Purchase with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Fund and the Reva B. Seybolt ‘72 Art Acquisition Fund.

The Moon, August 6, 1851 Full Image

artist/maker:
John Adams Whipple

date:
1851

medium:
daguerreotype, 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches

nationality:
American

period:
1822–1891

Object no: 1989.009

Purchase with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Fund and the Overbrook Foundation.

Six Gentlemen Full Image

artist/maker:
Albert Sands Southworth & Josiah Johnson Hawes

date:
c. 1850

medium:
daguerreotype, 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches

nationality:
American

period:
1811–1894 & 1808–1901

Object no: 1999.001

Purchase with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Fund.

Place de la Concorde Full Image

artist/maker:
Man Ray

date:
1926

medium:
vintage gelatin silver print, 11 5/8 x 9 inches

nationality:
American

period:
1890–1976

Object no: 1998.023

Purchase with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Fund.

Loya, Valley of Yosemite

artist/maker:
Eadweard Muybridge

date:
c. 1872

medium:
albumen print, 17 x 21 5/8 inches

nationality:
British

period:
1830–1904

Object no: 1998.030

Purchase with funds provided by the Friends of Art Acquisition Fund.

House and Car, near Akron, Alabama Full Image

artist/maker:
William Christenberry

date:
1981, printed 2003

medium:
Fujicolor Crystal Archive print, 18 3/8 x 23 inches

nationality:
American

period:
born 1936

Object no: 2005.036

Purchase with funds provided by the Electra Havemeyer Webb Memorial Fund.