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 few months, a new selection of photographs, drawn from the rich collection that 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 for those who move slowly, look closely, and return for more.

  • January 14–May 14, 2017
    The seventh rotation features images by Julia Margaret Cameron, Robert Covington, Lotte Jacobi, Kawada Kikuji, Vik Muniz, Irving Penn, and Henri-Victor Regnault, among others. This installation also includes a selection of photographs by Ilse Bing. 
  • May 6–September 10, 2017
    Ansel Adams, Matthew Brandt, Adolphe Braun, Anne Brigman, Lee Friedlander, Nikki S. Lee, and T. R. Williams are among the artists represented in the eighth rotation. Also featured is a selection of photographs by Fazal Sheikh. The ninth rotation opens in September.

This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Generous funding is provided by The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc.; PHILLIPS; and Susan and Thomas Dunn.