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.

  • May 6–October 1, 2017
    Ansel Adams, Matthew Brandt, Adolphe Braun, Anne Brigman, Lee Friedlander, Barbara Kasten, Nikki S. Lee, Paul Outerbridge, and T. R. Williams are among the artists represented in the eighth rotation. This installation also features a selection of photographs by Fazal Sheikh. The ninth rotation opens October 11.
  • October 11, 2017–February 25, 2018
    Amalia Amaki, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Robert Frank, Lewis Hine, Eliot Porter, Man Ray, Paul Strand, and William Henry Fox Talbot are among the artists represented in the ninth rotation. This installation also features a selection of photographs by Sandy Skoglund. The tenth rotation opens March 7, 2018.

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