National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS
Robert Bergman: Portraits, 1986–1995
October 11, 2009–January 10, 2010

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Exhibition Highlights

Works by
Robert Bergman
in the Gallery's Collection

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Photograph Collection

NGA BackStory: Robert Bergman: Portraits, 1986–1995: A Conversation with the Photographer Sarah Greenough, senior curator, department of photographs, National Gallery of Art, Washington, and photographer Robert Bergman
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NGA Notable Lecture: Reading of "The Fisherwoman" by Toni Morrison from Robert Bergman's book A Kind of Rapture, in conjunction with the exhibition Robert Bergman: Portraits, 1986–1995
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Image: A Kind of Rapture Robert Bergman, with Introduction by Toni Morrison and Afterward by Meyer Schapiro

Press Materials

Image: Bergman, Robert, Untitled (06 Knit Hood), 1987, inkjet print, printed 2004, Gift of the Alfred and Ingrid Lenz Harrison Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation, 2005.158.23 For more than 40 years, Robert Bergman (b. 1944) has traveled the streets and back alleys of the United States, photographing the people and scenes he encounters. Beginning in the 1960s, he, like so many other so-called street photographers of that generation, used a 35mm camera to make black-and-white photographs. In the 1980s Bergman began to work in color. Using no special lighting or equipment, he made a series of monumental portraits of the people he met. The exhibition will present 33 of these compelling portraits from a recent gift to the Gallery of more than 90 photographs by Bergman, most of which have never before been exhibited.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art.