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Pushing West: The Photography of Andrew J. Russell

Pushing West: The Photography of Andrew J. Russell

Travel back in time through Andrew J. Russell’s epic photography of the Transcontinental Railroad’s western expansion, completed 150 years ago in 1869. Though commissioned to document the railroad and its successful development, Russell’s photography reveals the tensions between the economic and technological advances and the Railroad’s significant impact on western lands and Native peoples. His powerful imagery highlights the majesty…
Biography: 19th Century photographer Albert Southworth

Biography: 19th Century photographer Albert Southworth

Albert Southworth (1811–1894) operated Southworth & Hawes daguerreotype studio with Josiah Johnson Hawes (1808–1901) from 1843 to 1863. Southworth was a student of Samuel F.B. Morse, who, in addition to his other more famous pursuits, was an avid daguerreotypist. The partnership’s studio, located on the top floor of a Boston building, had enormous skylights to allow in copious amounts of…
John Cohen: Morocco

John Cohen: Morocco

In the summer of 1955 a relatively naive and uninformed John Cohen crossed the straits of Gibraltar. He arrived in Tangier with a handwritten note in cursive Arabic; the man who had composed it in New York had told him to “keep this paper far from your passport.” Cohen had no idea why or indeed what the note said; it…
Nino Migliori at Keith de Lellis Gallery

Nino Migliori at Keith de Lellis Gallery

Keith de Lellis Gallery features the mid-century work of Italian photographer Nino Migliori (b. 1926) in this summer’s exhibition. Self-taught, Migliori began making photographs in 1948, documenting his familiar and beloved Italy as it emerged from the second world war. The artist traveled throughout his homeland, from the impoverished south to the more affluent and industrial northern regions, capturing the…
Interview with photographer Genesis Cabrera

Interview with photographer Genesis Cabrera

Genesis Cabrera is an Artist – Photographer born in Venezuela and living in New York City. Her work emphasizes her passion for portrait and fashion where through portraits she reflects personality, moods, natural and raw imagery. Genesis deconstructs her own images adding different elements to create multiple artworks collages and to show different perspectives of the same person. Her inspirations…
Jerry N. Uelsmann: Magician of the Darkroom

Jerry N. Uelsmann: Magician of the Darkroom

Parallel to our main exhibition, we are showing photographs by Jerry Uelsmann in our cabinet. Uelsmann is one of the most influential photographers of his generation, because he did not only challenge with his montages the prevailing canon of his chosen medium, but he also anticipated an image language that came only into fruition in this perfection with the rise…
You Are Here: A Brief History of Photography and Place

You Are Here: A Brief History of Photography and Place

You Are Here: A Brief History of Photography and Place both embraces and challenges the photograph’s role as a faithful record of place, examining photography’s successes and failures in rendering, and sharing, fragments of the world. Drawn almost exclusively from NOMA’s permanent collection, the exhibition traces a history of photography from the origins of the medium to the present. Throughout,…
Vintage: Portraits by James Abbe (1920s)

Vintage: Portraits by James Abbe (1920s)

James Abbe (1883 – 1973) was an American photographer. His career as international photographer was first boosted by the Washington Post, which commissioned him to travel and take photographs of a 16-day voyage with the American battleship fleet to England and France in 1910. Many years later he traveled throughout Europe as a young photojournalist in the late 1920s and…
Bill Owens: Altamont 1969

Bill Owens: Altamont 1969

Bill Owens: Altamont 1969 presents a new and previously unpublished series of photographs of the Rolling Stones’ infamous concert at the Altamont Speedway in California. The Altamont Speedway Free Festival has become an emblem of the upheavals and aftershocks of a decade of change. At Altamont, Owens captured a generation’s desire to stand up and raise its voices against the…
Gil Rigoulet: Deaf Love

Gil Rigoulet: Deaf Love

“But soon there will be nothing left. Traces of lipstick on a glass remind us that only a few moments before, bodies were intertwined, each lusting for the other. Only objects remain. Now left to their own demise. Vases, glasses, full of words and clues and gasps and sighs from vanished passions. Objects placed in a particular order. An order…
Vintage: Thylacine, Tasmanian tiger (1930s)

Vintage: Thylacine, Tasmanian tiger (1930s)

The thylacine, now extinct, is one of the largest known carnivorous marsupials, evolving about 4 million years ago. The last known live animal was captured in 1933 in Tasmania. It is commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger because of its striped lower back, or the Tasmanian wolf because of its canid-like characteristics. It was native to Tasmania, New Guinea, and…
Diane Levell: Intrepid Alchemist: Diane Levell’s Bucks County

Diane Levell: Intrepid Alchemist: Diane Levell’s Bucks County

This exhibition features an extraordinary series of landscapes by master photographer Diane Levell (American, born 1946), whose works are marked by poetic beauty, coupled with technical prowess. A selection of more than 20 photographs from Levell’s Bucks County series (2015 –) will illuminate her ability to seemingly transform the familiar into the magical. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Bucks…
A Vision Shared: A Portrait of America 1935–1943

A Vision Shared: A Portrait of America 1935–1943

Featuring the work of the 11 photographers who worked for the Farm Security Administration–perhaps the finest photographic team assembled in the 20th century–A Vision Shared: A Classic Portrait of America and Its People 1935–1943 was first published in 1976 to great acclaim, and was named one of the 100 most important books of the decade by the Association of American…
Vintage: Historic B&W photos of Bombay, India (1890s)

Vintage: Historic B&W photos of Bombay, India (1890s)

From 1782 onwards, the city was reshaped with large-scale civil engineering projects aimed at merging all the seven islands of Bombay into a single amalgamated mass by way of a causeway called the Hornby Vellard, which was completed by 1784. In 1817, the British East India Company under Mountstuart Elphinstone defeated Baji Rao II, the last of the Maratha Peshwa…
Timothy Duffy: Blue Muse

Timothy Duffy: Blue Muse

For the past several years, Timothy Duffy (American, born 1963) has created one-of-a-kind direct positive tintype portraits of American musicians. Despite the importance of these musicians and the national legacy they represent, most remain little known. Duffy’s masterful photographs, shot with a large camera, big enough to hold the plates you see in this gallery, celebrate these important creators, custodians,…
Joel-Peter Witkin: From the Studio

Joel-Peter Witkin: From the Studio

For more than 60 years, Joel-Peter Witkin has stayed true to his mission: to create photographs that show the beauty of marginalized people by placing them into art referential tableaus, often laced with Catholic overtones. His work features hermaphrodites, post and pre-op individuals, and people born with physical abnormalities. In his eyes, all people are beautiful, regardless of societal norms.…
Vintage: Vivien Leigh as ‘Anna Karenina’ (1948)

Vintage: Vivien Leigh as ‘Anna Karenina’ (1948)

Anna Karenina (Vivien Leigh) is married to Alexei Karenin (Ralph Richardson), a cold government official in St Petersburg who is apparently more interested in his career than in satisfying the emotional needs of his wife. Called to Moscow by her brother Stepan Oblonsky (Hugh Dempster), a reprobate who has been unfaithful to his trusting wife Dolly (Mary Kerridge) once too…
Lee Friedlander: The Mind and the Hand

Lee Friedlander: The Mind and the Hand

In the 1960s and ’70s, Lee Friedlander (born 1934) developed his signature approach to documenting the American “social landscape”: deadpan, structurally complex black-and-white photographs of seemingly anything, anybody or anyplace that passed in front of his lens. But as he was making his name as a documentary photographer capturing the look and feel of modern American life, he was also…
Vintage: Portraits of Blanche Sweet – Silent Movie Star

Vintage: Portraits of Blanche Sweet – Silent Movie Star

Blanche Sweet (1896 – 1986) was an American silent film actress who began her career in the earliest days of the Hollywood motion picture film industry. Sweet was known for her energetic, independent roles, at variance with the ‘ideal’ Griffith type of vulnerable, often fragile, femininity. After many starring roles, her first real landmark film was the 1911 Griffith thriller…