National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION

Tour: Selected Photographs from the Collection

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image of The Boulevards of Paris image of A Newhaven Fisherwoman image of Scène de Marché au Port de l'Hôtel de Ville, Paris (Market Scene at the Port of the Hotel de Ville, Paris)
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image of Moscow, Domes of Churches in the Kremlin image of The Ramasseum of El-Kurneh, Thebes, First View image of The Wissahickon Creek near Philadelphia
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In the last few years the National Gallery of Art has significantly expanded its collection of photographs. Although the Gallery began actively acquiring photographs in 1989, the collection initially consisted primarily of the art of a few key twentieth-century American photographers: Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, and Harry Callahan. Since 1995 the museum has been adding photographs from a much broader spectrum and now has more than 9,000 nineteenth- and twentieth-century photographs in the collection, by more than 250 European and American photographers. This tour, drawn entirely from the Gallery's collection and from promised gifts, celebrates some of those recent additions, including works by pioneer photographer William Henry Fox Talbot, celebrated nineteenth-century master Julia Margaret Cameron, modernist artists such as Charles Sheeler and László Moholy-Nagy, as well as such observers of modern life as Bill Brandt. (continue)


1William Henry Fox Talbot, The Boulevards of Paris, 1843
2David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, A Newhaven Fisherwoman, 1844
3Charles Nègre, Scène de Marché au Port de l'Hôtel de Ville, Paris (Market Scene at the Port of the Hotel de Ville, Paris), before February 1852
4Roger Fenton, Moscow, Domes of Churches in the Kremlin, 1852
5Francis Frith, The Ramasseum of El-Kurneh, Thebes, First View, c. 1857
6John Moran, The Wissahickon Creek near Philadelphia, c. 1865
7Julia Margaret Cameron, The Mountain Nymph, Sweet Liberty, June 1866
8Eugène Atget, Étang de Corot, Ville-d'Avray, 1900-1910
9Charles Sheeler, Doylestown House--The Stove, 1917
10Alvin Langdon Coburn, Vortograph, 1917
11László Moholy-Nagy, Untitled (Positive), c. 1922-1924
12Marianne Brandt, Untitled, 1930
13David Smith, Untitled, c. 1932-1935
14Berenice Abbott, Vanderbilt Avenue from East 46th Street, October 9, 1935
15Bill Brandt, Street Scene, London, 1936