American Photographs 1845 to Now

A black-and-white photograph of a muscular man crouched next to a large piece of machinery that he is adjusting with a wrench.
August 20, 2016–February 12, 2017
Second floor

American Photographs, 1845 to Now brings together more than 70 photographs drawn from the 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-19th 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.

Installation Photos

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