Historic Surveys of American Photography

Online information about American photography from sources other than Resource Library



American Photographs, 1845 to Now is a 2016-17 exhibit at the Amon Carter Museum, which "...brings together more than 70 photographs drawn from the Amon Carter's permanent collection. Spanning the history of the medium, the works reflect the diversity of photographic practices in the United States that grew along with the country's industrial development beginning in the mid-nineteenth century. Covering 170 years of photography's history, from unique daguerreotype portraits to large-scale contemporary works, the exhibition provides a glance at photography's central role in recording the people, places, and events that have come to define the United States." Article includes link to 20-page guide to the photographic process. Accessed 11/16

East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography is a 2017 exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art https://noma.org which says: "This landmark exhibition is the first to exclusively explore a vivid chapter of America's photographic history -- nineteenth-century American landscape photography made east of the Mississippi River."  Also see press release Accessed 12/17

Frame by Frame: Photographic Series and Portfolios from the Collection, an exhibit held at the Addison Gallery, Phillips Academy February 2 - April 14, 2013, Accessed August, 2015.

In Time We Shall Know Ourselves: Photographs by Raymond Smith is a 2018 exhibit at the Huntington Museum of Art which says: "In the summer of 1974, Ray Smith set out from New Haven, Connecticut, with a friend and two medium-format, twin-lens cameras to see and photograph America. They traveled in a VW Beetle for six weeks until the car broke down in Kansas City. Smith then returned home and took a job taking photographs of students around the country for their campus identification cards. Between assignments and during breaks he continued photographing for this project through September."  Also see touring info with thumbnail photos. Accessed 2/18

The Metropolitan Museum of Art website section Timeline of Art History includes

Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) and American Photography by Lisa Hostetler;
Art and Photography: 1990s-Present;
Art and Photography: The 1980s;
Body/Landscape: Photography and the Reconfiguration of the Sculptural Object;
Early Documentary Photography;
Group f/64 by Lisa Hostetler;
Kodak and the Rise of Amateur Photography by Mia Fineman;
The New Documentary Tradition in Photography by Lisa Hostetler;
Photography and Everyday Life in America, 1945­60 by Lisa Hostetler;
Photography in the Expanded Field: Painting, Performance, and the Neo-Avant-Garde;
Pictorialism in America by Lisa Hostetler;
The Structure of Photographic Metaphors by Lisa Hostetler.

Accessed August, 2015.

Paper Promises: Early American Photography is a 2018 exhibit at the J. Paul Getty Museum which says: "This exhibition explores the formative years of photography in nineteenth-century America. Featuring rare photographs and negatives as well as iconic images from the Gold Rush and Civil War, it traces early experimentation with photography on paper. The show also reveals how photographic reproduction helped shape perceptions of the United States during a critical period of political tension and territorial expansion." Also see press release  Accessed 3/18

The People's America: Selections from the Henry Holmes Smith Archive, an online exhibit from the Indiana University Art Museum. Includes artist biographies. Accessed February, 2015.

Polaroids: Personal, Private, Painterly:  Photographs from the Collection of Robert E. Jackson is a 2018 exhibit at the Bellevue Art Museum which says: "For over two decades, Seattle-based Robert E. Jackson has been a serious collector of mass popular photography and photographic ephemera."  Accessed 11/18

Reframing America: Photography through the Eyes of Immigrants, an educator's guide from the Center for Creative Photography. Includes biographical information on artists who came to America between 1920-1950. Accessed August, 2015.


Return to online topical information about American photography

Return to Topics in American Representational Art

Links to sources of information outside of our web site are provided only as referrals for your further consideration. Please use due diligence in judging the quality of information contained in these and all other web sites. Information from linked sources may be inaccurate or out of date. TFAO neither recommends or endorses these referenced organizations. Although TFAO includes links to other web sites, it takes no responsibility for the content or information contained on those other sites, nor exerts any editorial or other control over them. For more information on evaluating web pages see TFAO's General Resources section in Online Resources for Collectors and Students of Art History. Individual pages in this catalogue will be amended as TFAO adds content, corrects errors and reorganizes sections for improved readability. Refreshing or reloading pages enables readers to view the latest updates.

Search Resource Library for everything about American art.

Copyright 2018 Traditional Fine Arts Organization, Inc., an Arizona nonprofit corporation. All rights reserved.