National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS
The Serial Portrait: Photography and Identity in the Last One Hundred Years
September 30–December 31, 2012

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Image: Ilse Bing, Self-Portrait with Leica, 1931, gelatin silver print, printed c. 1988, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Ilse Bing WolffSince the introduction of photography in 1839, portraiture has been one of the most widely practiced forms of the medium. Starting in the early 20th century, however, some photographers began to question whether a single image could adequately capture the complexity of an individual. Arranged both chronologically and thematically, the exhibition features 153 works by 20 artists who photographed the same subjects--primarily friends, family, and themselves–over the course of days, months, or years to create some of the most provocative and revealing portraits of the past 100 years.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Sponsor: The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Trellis Fund