National Gallery of Art, Washington °

NGA - National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. | Constitution Avenue between Third and Ninth Streets

plan route show map

artists & participants

press release

In the last few years the National Gallery of Art has significantly expanded its holdings of both 19th- and 20th-century European and American photographs. Presenting approximately 70 works by such celebrated photographers as William Henry Fox Talbot, Eugène Atget, Alfred Stieglitz, Aleksandr Rodchenko, and Brassaï, this exhibition highlights significant new acquisitions of photographs made during the first century of the medium's history, from the early 1840s to the 1940s. Organized around the theme of discovery, the exhibition demonstrates how photographers sought to understand techniques for making pictures using this new medium. While it reveals how early photographers explored subjects traditionally depicted by the other arts—such as portraiture, landscape, and still life—it also describes how they came to recognize and exploit the ways in which photography infused these subjects with vitality and meaning. The exhibition also explores how the evolving techniques of photography not only enabled its practitioners to perfect their craft, but also to discover innovative ways of examining and representing the world.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.


Photographic Discoveries: Recent Acquisitions
Organisation: National Gallery, Washington

Werke von William Henry Fox Talbot, Eugène Atget, Alfred Stieglitz, Alexander Rodtschenko, Brassaï, u.a.