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The Art of the American Snapshot, 1888-1978: From the Collection of Robert E. Jackson

October 7 – December 31, 2007
West Building, Ground Floor, Inner Tier Galleries G30 through G34

American 19th Century, Charles Walter Amory family album, 1888-1897, album of gelatin silver prints and albumen prints, Gift of Robert E. Jackson, 2006.161.7

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

Overview: 249 images by unknown photographers were shown in this survey of snapshots from the time the Kodak camera and roll film were introduced in 1888 through the 1970s. Works in the exhibition were selected from the collection of Robert E. Jackson and from his recent gifts to the National Gallery of Art. The exhibition was organized chronologically.

Exhibition curator Sarah Greenough and collector Robert E. Jackson discussed the exhibition in an auditorium program on October 14. A public symposium was held on November 10. The documentary film Other People’s Pictures, by Lorca Sheppard and Cabot Philbrick, was shown in October and November.

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

Sponsor: The exhibition was supported by the Trellis Fund and The Ryna and Melvin Cohen Family Foundation. The catalogue was published with the assistance of The Getty Foundation.

Attendance: 52,165

Catalog: The Art of the American Snapshot, 1888–1978: From the Collection of Robert E. Jackson, by Sarah Greenough and Dianne Waggoner with Sarah Kennel and Matthew S. Witkovsky. Washington DC: National Gallery of Art, in association with Princeton University Press, 2007.

Other Venues: Amon Carter Museum, February 16–April 27, 2008

Snapshot Collecting
Audio, Released: October 30, 2007, (9:46 minutes)
Amateur Photography and the Decisive Moment
Audio, Released: October 16, 2007, (8:08 minutes)
Press Event: The Art of the American Snapshot, 1888-1978: From the Collection of Robert E. Jackson
Audio, Released: October 2, 2007, (18:28 minutes)