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Photographic Discoveries: Recent Acquisitions

March 26 – July 30, 2006
West Building, Ground Floor, Inner Tier Galleries G30, G31, G32

Francis Frith, The Ramasseum of El-Kurneh, Thebes, First View, c. 1857, albumen print from collodion negative, Millennium Funds, 2003.35.1

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 67 photographic prints and 2 albums acquired by the National Gallery of Art between 1998 and 2006 were presented in this exhibition, which was arranged chronologically, highlighting the museum's collection of 19th- and 20th-century European and American photographs. Included were early images by William Henry Fox Talbot, Charles Nègre, and Albert Sands Southworth, turn-of-the-century photographs by Eugène Atget, Edward Steichen, and Laura Gilpin, and photographs from the 1920s to the 1940s by Brassaï, Dora Maar, Ilse Bing, and others. The newly discovered fifth volume of Sun Prints by Alfred Stieglitz also was on view.

Early publications of photographic images were displayed in a companion installation, Photographic Beginnings: Selections from the National Gallery of Art Library, shown in Gallery 21 on the West Building Ground Floor.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Sarah Greenough, curator and head of the department of photographs, and Diane Waggoner, assistant curator, department of photographs, were exhibition curators.

Sponsor: The exhibition was made possible by the Trellis Fund and The Ryna and Melvin Cohen Family Foundation.

Attendance: 64,613

Atget, Eugène
French, 1857 - 1927
Arndt, Gertrud
German, 1903 - 2000
Bing, Ilse
American, 1899 - 1998
Brandt, Bill
British, 1904 - 1983
Brassaï
French, 1899 - 1984
Coburn, Alvin Langdon
British, 1882 - 1966
Fenton, Roger
British, 1819 - 1869
Frith, Francis
British, 1822 - 1898
Gilpin, Laura
American, 1891 - 1979
Hagemeyer, Johan
American, 1884 - 1962
Hawes, Josiah Johnson
American, 1808 - 1901
Jacobi, Lotte
American, 1896 - 1990
Jeanrenaud, Alphonse
French, 1835 - 1895
Marville, Charles
French, 1813 - 1879
Nègre, Charles
French, 1820 - 1880
Rodchenko, Aleksandr
Russian, 1891 - 1956
Sander, August
German, 1876 - 1964
Stieglitz, Alfred
American, 1864 - 1946
Southworth, Albert Sands
American, 1811 - 1894
Sutcliffe, Frank Meadow
British, 1853 - 1941
Talbot, William Henry Fox
British, 1800 - 1877