American and European modern architecture; of particular interest are works by Rudolph Schindler and Le Corbusier (4,200 photographs)
The library's image collections include photographs by thousands of photographers, from anonymous cameramen to well-known art photographers. 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, Juan Laurent, 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 individuals whose particular interests have strengthened the collection considerably. Gifts are noted with an asterisk.
Archivision Digital Research Library (Scott Gilchrist)
Images of architecture, archaeological sites, gardens, parks and works of art (4,700 slides; 58,000 digital images)
British and European architecture (8,700 photographs)
Architectural views and landscapes of British scenery, 1850s -1880s (4,397 photographs and 2 index volumes) More about Francis Bedford Archive
Venetian art and architecture (7,300 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 (12,500 photographs and 57,620 digital files to date). See selections of his work in the Travels Across Russia features: Murom, Torzhok, and Ekaterinburg.
Sonja Bullaty and Angelo Lomeo
European painting from private collections and dealers, including Knoedler and Acquavella Galleries. Their work is also included in the Kress Collection of Historic Images (3,300 photographs)
German and Central European art and architecture (6,000 photographs)
Ancient through contemporary sculpture from Finn’s publications and projects (100,000 negatives and transparencies with corresponding black-and-white photographs). More about David Finn Archive
Italian provincial art and architecture (15,600 photographs)
Portraits of artists and their studios in the Manhattan art world from the 1960s to 1980s (1,900 photographs and negatives)
Portfolios of Greek and 15th-century Florentine sculpture (680 photographs and digital files). More about the Clarence Kennedy Archive
Italian, French, and American art and architecture (5,200 photographs, and 700 digital files to date)
Ancient architecture (500 photographs)
Photographs of artists and architecture in New York, with a particular focus on the painter John Koch (800 photographs and negatives, some by purchase)
Architecture in East Germany following the Second World War to the 1970s (8,804 negatives). More about Georg Piltz
Negatives created for various collectors, art dealers, galleries and publications. Modern and contemporary art, the archive also contains images of non-Western objects and some works created prior to 1900 (27,000 negatives and 1300 photographs to date)
Florentine firm that surveyed private collections in the early twentieth century. Some photographs show works in situ. Contini-Bonacossi, Cini, Volterra, and Acton are among the private collections represented. (4,000 photographs, negatives and digital files). For more information, see Digital Projects
Roman baroque art and architecture (8,200 photographs and negatives)
Judith Hancock Sandoval
Mexican colonial and Nicaraguan architecture (16,500 photographs)
Shunk-Kender (Harry Shunk and János Kender)*
Documenting the work of artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude (2,460 photographs). More about this collection
Roberto Sigismondi (Foto Arte Italiana)
Italian art and architecture especially lesser-known monuments (15,400 photographs and 8,000 digital files to date)
William A. Smith*
Portraits of artists in their studios and at home by American artist William A. Smith. Subjects include artists from around the world who were active in the mid-20th century (147 photographs and 100 digital files)
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National Gallery of Art East Building
4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
National Gallery of Art
2000B South Club Drive
Landover, MD 20785
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