Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection Austin, Texas

Winifred Casson, Accident, ca. 1935
Gelatin silver print. 29.4 x 24.4 cm.

Sept. 7, 2010, to Jan. 2, 2011 
"Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection," an exhibition at the Harry Ransom Center, explores the history of photography through the Center's foundational photography collection.The exhibition runs from Sept. 7, 2010, to Jan. 2, 2011, at the Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin. Featuring more than 175 items, the exhibition showcases one of the seminal collections of the history of photography in the United States. 

Amassed by the renowned husband-and-wife team of Helmut and Alison Gernsheim between 1945 and 1963, it contains an unparalleled range of more than 35,000 images, beginning with the world's earliest-known photograph from nature, made by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826-27. Its encyclopedic scope—as well as the expertise with which the Gernsheims assembled the collection—makes the Gernsheim collection one of the world's premier sources for the study and appreciation of photography.

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