Like everyone else, professional photographers like to take pictures in museums. Whatever your feelings on the matter, it can make for some interesting photographs. Since I found quite a few in the Carter's collection, this is going to be a two-part Photo of the Week with images spanning the 20th century.
This week: museums from 1900-1950
Karl Struss, [Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, gallery interior showing "International Exhibition of Pictorial Photography"], 1910, platinum print, ©1983 Amon Carter Museum
For comparison, check out a recent installation shot at what is now called the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
Dorothy Norman, Exterior MOMA--Stieglitz Exhibit, 1947, gelatin silver print, ©1998 Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona Foundation.
Posthumous Stieglitz photography retrospective at MOMA.
Elliott Erwitt, Diana/New York, 1949, gelatin silver print, © 1949 Elliott Erwitt
Erwitt is known for his visual wit - notice how Diana seems to aim her arrow at the guard in the next gallery. You can see some different views of this sculpture here or come see the Carter's own Diana on view in the main gallery!
Stay tuned next week for more recent museum interiors, including some very familiar faces.