- The Eye of the Sun: Nineteenth-Century Photographs from the National Gallery of Art
- September 8 – December 8, 2019
- West Building, Ground Floor, Inner Tier
This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.
On the 180th anniversary of photography’s introduction to the world in 1839, an exhibition of some 140 photographs offers an in-depth look at the development of the medium throughout its first 50 years. The Eye of the Sun draws from the Gallery’s rich holdings of 19th-century photographs and features many works which have not been on view previously, including several photographs recently acquired from Charles Isaacs and Carol Nigro.
The exhibition is organized chronologically and thematically, beginning with the earliest photographs in the collection by one of photography’s inventors, William Henry Fox Talbot, and several examples of daguerreotypes, and ending with photographs made in 1889 by the Kodak, the first snapshot camera. Sections focus on themes of portraiture and self-presentation; landscape; the built environment; travel abroad and on the frontier; war; and photography and art. Among the photographers featured are Hill and Adamson, Mary Dillwyn, Roger Fenton, Francis Frith, Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron, Gustave Le Gray, Charles Marville, Charles Nègre, Édouard-Denis Baldus, Andrew Joseph Russell, Carleton E. Watkins, Eadweard Muybridge, and John Moran.
The exhibition is curated by Diane Waggoner, curator of 19th-century photographs, with Kara Fiedorek, Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow, both National Gallery of Art, Washington.
Revised Closing Date: This exhibition has been extended for viewing through December 8 (extended from December 1).
Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington
Sponsors: The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Trellis Fund.
Passes: Admission is always free and passes are not required
Objects in Focus: The Eye of the Sun
Victory Hall Opera
September 29 at 3:30
West Building, West Garden Court
Photography and Nation Building in the Nineteenth Century
October 6 at 2:00
East Building Auditorium
October 19 at 2:30 p.m.
West Building Lecture Hall
The Eye of the Sun: Nineteenth-Century Photographs from the National Gallery of Art
October 16, 18, 24, 29 at 1:00
November 15, 21 at 1:00
West Building Rotunda
Before the Kodak Girl: Women in Nineteenth-Century Photography
November 24 at 2:00
West Building Lecture Hall
About the Artists
Audio and Video
- Photography and Nation Building in the Nineteenth Century
- Audio, Released: December 3, 2019, (45:54 minutes)
- Press Event: The Eye of the Sun: Nineteenth-Century Photographs from the National Gallery of Art
- Audio, Released: September 4, 2019, (53:37 minutes)