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A History of Photography: Selections from the Museum’s Collection October 3, 2019–May 3, 2020


American - Woman with Coat and Hat

American, Woman with Coat and Hat, 1880s–1910s, tintype, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by Bill and Sara Morgan.

Ishimoto Yasuhiro, Untitled, 1995, silver dye bleach print, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of the artist in memory of Ishimoto Shigeru. © Kochi Prefecture, photo by Yasuhiro Ishimoto, collection of the Museum of Art, Kochi

Walker Evans, New York City, 1928–29, gelatin silver print, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Anthony G. Cronin Memorial Collection, Museum purchase funded by various donors. © Walker Evans Archive, the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Nancy Newberry, Early Character Study for the Series “Smoke Bombs and Border Crossings,” 2012, printed 2017, inkjet print, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by Bryn Larsen, Geoffrey Koslov, and Joan Morgenstern. © Nancy Newberry

Louis-Camille d'Olivier, Theatrical Scene, 1850s, salted paper print from glass negative, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, museum purchase funded by the Buddy Taub Foundation, Dennis A. Roach and Jill Roach, Directors.

Jerry N. Uelsmann, Experimental Design Project Using Photographic Materials, 1958, gelatin silver print with collage, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund, the Manfred Heiting Collection. © Jerry Uelsmann

Josef Sudek, Flower, 1952, bromoil print, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by Isabel B. and Wallace S. Wilson, the Manfred Heiting Collection. © Estate of Josef Sudek

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.


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Location

Audrey Jones Beck Building
5601 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005
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