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The Allan Chasanoff Photographic Collection

Allan Chasanoff relishes pictures that puzzle him, and he wants others to enjoy these surprises. He built his collection of 20th-century photographs by questioning what occurs when the camera “captures” the real world but the resulting image creates confusion rather than clarity, challenging photography's reputation as a dependable document. In 1991, the New York-based collector donated nearly 1,000 works to the MFAH by photographers ranging from Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon, and Joel Peter Witkin to relatively unknown artists.

 
LARRY SULTAN
My Father Reading the Newspaper
Chromogenic print
1985, printed 1987
JAN GROOVER
Untitled (#216.4)
Chromogenic print
1988
WILLIAM KLEIN
Four Heads, New York
Gelatin silver print
1954, printed 1982
Dieter Appelt
The Liberation of the Fingers
Gelatin silver print, printed 1982
1979
Gordon Matta-Clark
Conical Intersect
Gelatin silver print
1975