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.

Each new installation also includes a focused look at the work of a single artist 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.

  • September 12, 2018–February 24, 2019
    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. Also on view are photographically illustrated books from the 19th century. The next rotation opens in early March.


Generous funding is provided by:

United Airlines