Important Historic American Photographers

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The Beautiful Mysterious: The Extraordinary Gaze of William Eggleston  is a 2017 exhibit at the Mennello Museum of American Art which says: "William Eggleston, a renowned American photographer, is acclaimed for elevating color photography and transforming ordinary scenes into fine art. Through the eye of Eggleston, nothing is ordinary, despite his photographs' apparent depiction of ordinary things and ordinary people doing ordinary things."  Also see press release  Accessed 8/17

Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography, and Sculptural Form is a 2017 exhibit at the Michener (James A.) Art Museum which says: "A Philadelphia native and Doylestown resident of the Worthington House between 1910 and 1926, Charles Sheeler (1883-1965) is recognized as one of the founding figures of American modernism for his pioneering work as both a painter and a photographer, with a particular penchant for industrial subjects." Accessed 4/17

Edward Weston: Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist is a 2017 exhibit at the Monterey Museum of Art which says: "Presenting Weston's earliest work from a recently discovered family album, Edward Weston: Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist compares the artist's naive first artistic efforts with his later masterworks to show the persistence and evolution of his singular vision to find essential form in the vernacular with an ever-increasing intensity." Accessed 3/17

Exposed: Eadweard Muybridge and the Study of Motion was a 2014 exhibit at the Heckscher Museum of Art whcih said:" Credited as the "father of the motion picture," Eadweard Muybridge pioneered the study of human and animal motion in time-lapse photography that documented the dynamics of ordinary, everyday movement. Under the auspices of the University of Pennsylvania, Muybridge produced over 100,000 photographs, publishing 20,000 of them in his eleven-volume Animal Locomotion (1887). His work caused a sensation in artistic and scientific circles, helping spur the development of modern art and contributing to the science of biomechanics. This exhibition features iconic Muybridge studies of horses and zoo animals, men engaged in various athletic pursuits, and women in domestic activities." Includes exhibit brochure, resource guide and introduction. Accessed January, 2015

Imogen Cunningham: In Focus was a 2016-17 exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston which says: "Showcasing the range of photographer Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976), this exhibition displays about 35 works from the Lane Collection and the MFA's own holdings. A major figure in 20th-century American photography, Cunningham was a co-founder of Group f/64, joining forces with Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and other San Francisco Bay Area photographers who shared an aesthetic of sharply-focused images and natural subjects." See MFA press release and William Myers 9/21/16 WSJ review of exhibit. Accessed 10/16

Lee Friedlander: The Cray Photographs, an exhibit held March 27 - June 16, 2013 at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University. Includes press release. Accessed August, 2015.

Lee Friedlander's Factory Valleys is a 2009 exhibit at the Akron Art Museum which says: "In 1979 Akron's director, John Coplans, invited Friedlander to photograph America's industrial belt. Although once a prime source of the nation's wealth, the industrial Heartland was spiraling into an economic recession in the late 1970s. The artist decided to focus on Ohio and Pennsylvania." Accessed 3/17

Making Science Visible: The Photography of Berenice Abbott, an exhibit held August 31 - December 16 2012 at The Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia. Texts include exhibit labels. Accessed August, 2015.

Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens was a 2009-10 exhibit at the Phillips Collection which said: "The exhibition reveals photography's complex engagement with African art by exploring African art in the context of American modernism and the Harlem Renaissance, surrealism, and the worlds of high fashion and popular culture, at the same time as it investigates issues of race, gender, and colonialism during the modernist era.Includes online videos. Accessed August, 2015.

MetPublications, an online resource launched In October 2012 from the Metropolitan Museum of Art offers in-depth access to the Museum's print and online publications, covering art, art history, archaeology, conservation, and collecting, titles relating to American representational art available for free viewing via.pdf download or online reading include: Intimate Landscapes: Photographs; Porter, Eliot (1979). Accessed August, 2015.

Paul Outerbridge: Command Performance an exhibit held March 31 - August 9, 2009 at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Includes audio clips. Accessed August, 2015.

Weegee by Weegee - Photographs from the Jean Pigozzi Collection was a 2015 exhibit at the Baker Museum which says: "The photographer's presence is suggested throughout the gallery by the use of autobiographical comments and notes on the works featured, hence the exhibition's title. A broad selection of period tabloids and magazines including Weegee's photographs highlights his production's practical purpose. Furthermore, a graphic timeline depicting the evolution of the cameras he used, his incursions into cinema, the books he published and curious facts about his life contributes to the contextualization of Weegee's narrative." Accessed 1/17

William Wegman: Cubism and Other-isms, an exhibit held August 22, 2015 - January 31, 2016 at the Asheville Art Museum. The museum says: "Over the years, props in Wegman's photographs have taken many forms, but none so consistently as the cube. ... The cube is also one of the most available on-set items in the studios of commercial photographers, used for displaying products in tableaux or isolation to highlight their form or shape. Accessed January 2016.

 

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