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Yousuf Karsh, Pablo Casals, 1954, gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches, 2007.9.9

Installation as seen at the Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA. 

Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936, photogravure, Edition #36/300, Published by Aperture under the auspices of the Dorothea Lange Collection at the Oakland Museum


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This exceptional exhibition features works from The Museum’s collection of photographs. The works elegantly represent the history of photography from the 1880s through the 1980s, with a particular emphasis on the first decades of the twentieth century. The exhibition includes iconic images by Eadweard Muybridge, Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Berenice Abbott, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Margaret Bourke-White, Paul Strand, and others.

This carefully chosen collection features an impressive range of works from some of the most important artists in the history of the medium. Themes such as portraiture, landscape, still life, and cultural history dramatically illustrate America during this period. Many of the twenty-four works are vintage prints — made by the photographer very close to the time the negative was created — or later prints, made by the photographer or assistant years later.

Guest curated by Rachel Arauz, Ph.D.


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