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Photographs from the Collection 1850–1975
Jun 2013 -
Images from photography's early years evoke a seemingly remote past through old-fashioned clothing and poses, as well as often unfamiliar customs and geographies. But they also deliver the past to us in a very immediate and familiar way. Through photography, the past is always with us — it is 'ever present'. Drawn from the Gallery's historical collections, this exhibition presents works by unknown nineteenth-century photographers alongside iconic images by some of the masters of the twentieth century, such as Walker Evans, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Diane Arbus. The images suggest the multiple stories comprising the history of photography in the pre-digital era.