National Gallery of Art - RESOURCES

Image Collections: Photographs


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PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMPAIGN ORGANIZERS

The Department of Image Collections includes photographs by thousands of photographers, from anonymous cameramen to well-known art photographers. A great many pioneers in this field are represented in the collection, such as Robert Jefferson Bingham, Caldesi & Montecchi, Auguste and Louis Bisson, Leopoldo and Giuseppe Alinari, and Adolphe Braun. The Department also holds examples by artists primarily celebrated as fine art photographers, including Paul Nadar, Alexander Liberman, Tina Modotti, and Brassaï.

Today, the Department fosters many mutually beneficial relationships with gifted photographers and art historians who initiate and coordinate photographic campaigns. The following is a selection of such individuals whose particular interests have strengthened the collection considerably.

Wayne Andrews
American and European modern architecture; of particular interest are works by R. M. Schindler and Le Corbusier (4,100 photographs)

James Austin
Greek and French Gothic architecture (8,000 photographs)

Osvaldo Böhm
Venetian art and architecture (7,300 photographs)

Bullaty Lumeo
European painting from private collections and dealers, including Knoedler and Acquavella Galleries (3,300 photographs)

Harald Busch
German art and architecture (6,000 photographs)

William Craft Brumfield
Primarily Russian architecture, as well as sites in other former Soviet republics, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Poland, and Ireland (11,000 photographs to date) sample image

Max Hutzel
Italian provincial art and architecture (15,000 photographs)

Ralph Lieberman
Italian, French, and American art and architecture (4,600 photographs to date) sample image

William MacDonald
Ancient architecture (500 photographs)

Foto Reali
Florentine firm that surveyed private collections in the early twentieth century. Some photographs show works works in situ. Contini-Bonacossi, Cini, Volterra, and Acton are among the private collections represented. This largely unidentified collection is currently being researched and a database has been established in order to preserve the provenance information (4,000 photographs and negatives) sample image

Franco Rigamonti
Roman baroque art and architecture (8,200 photographs and negatives)

Judith Hancock Sandoval
Mexican colonial and Nicaraguan architecture (15,000 photographs)

Anne Markham Schulz
Venetian Renaissance sculpture (2,900 photographs to date)

Roberto Sigismondi (Foto Arte Italiana)
Italian art and architecture especially lesser-known monuments (5,600 photographs to date) sample image

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