A History of Photography: Selections from the Museum’s Collection comprises a series of installations that trace the course of photography from its invention to the present day, showcasing important new acquisitions and treasured masterpieces.
Drawn from the rich collection the Museum has built over the past half century, these photographs present the medium’s history in a slightly different light with every installation. The complex picture of photographic history that emerges encourages visitors to look closely, move slowly, and return for more.
Each grouping also includes a focused look at the work of a single artist or theme held in depth by the Museum, plus a selection of photographically illustrated books highlighting the key role that publications have played in the development of the medium.
October 3, 2019–May 3, 2020
This installation showcases photographs by artists including Berenice Abbott, Charles Aubry, Walker Evans, Heinrich Kühn, László Moholy-Nagy, Patrick Nagatani, Kiki Smith, Carleton E. Watkins, and Ishimoto Yasuhiro. Also on view is a selection of photographs by Josef Sudek, along with Czech and Slovak photo books.