A History of Photography: Selections from the Museum’s Collection is a series of installations that trace the course of photography from its invention to the present day, showcasing important new acquisitions and treasured masterpieces. Every six months, a new selection of photographs, drawn from the rich collection the Museum has built over the past half century, presents the medium’s history in a slightly different light. In this way, an increasingly complex picture of photographic history emerges, encouraging visitors to look closely, move slowly, and return for more.

This installation showcases work by artists including Jo Ann Callis, James Casebere, Mitch Epstein, Nan Goldin, Alexander Gardner, László Moholy-Nagy, Lissa Rivera, Ueda Shoji, and Carleton E. Watkins. The featured photographer is Eugène Atget, and photographically illustrated books from the 19th century are also on view.

This 45-minute, docent-led tour explores the exhibition and encourages visitors to discuss the art together.

Drop in! Gallery tours are free with Museum admission.

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Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from Melvyn and Cyvia Wolff; MD Anderson Cancer Center; Mitra Mujica-Margolis and Michael Margolis; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services; Houston Junior Woman's Club; Mercantil Bank; Mr. William J. Hill; The Windgate Charitable Foundation; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; Sharon G. Dies; The Powell Foundation; and the Susan Vaughan Foundation.