Color! American Photography Transformed

October 5, 2013January 5, 2014

Through seventy-five key works, Color! tells the fascinating tale of photographers' halting acceptance of color, revealing the diverse vibrancy informing their efforts to shape a creative language for its use, and explaining how the art world’s acceptance of color photography over recent years has transformed the medium into today’s dominant art form.

This exhibition was organized by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art and is presented by Frost Bank, with additional support provided by Humphrey & Associates, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), XTO Energy, and the Alturas Foundation. Promotional support provided by the Star-Telegram and WFAA.

The exhibition catalogue, published in association with the University of Texas Press, is made possible in part by a grant from the NEA.

Color! travels to the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee, January 19 through March 23, 2014.

Read a review of the exhibition from the Wall Street Journal.
American Photo named the exhibition catalogue a top photo book for 2013.

Read about the different photographic processes photographers have used over time.


Tours of this exhibition take place Thursday through Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and begin at the exhibition entrance on the second floor. No reservations are required; admission is free.

Color Snapshot Submission

During Color! American Photography Transformed, the Amon Carter is collecting color snapshots from people in the community. Museum staff is displaying these digital and printed photographs on a timeline in the museum, allowing visitors to visually trace the evolution of color photographs from 1940 to the present. Submissions accepted beginning September 17.

Photographic Prints
All prints must be submitted at the Information Desk during museum hours. You must fill out a one-page form, either at the museum or online before your visit. Instructions for picking up your photograph after the exhibition closes are found on this form, which will act as a receipt when you come to pick up your image. Submissions are limited to one print per person that is no larger than 4-by-6 inches.

Photographic Prints Submission Form.

Digital Photographs
To submit digital photographs, send your file as a jpg to By submitting your photograph, you:

• Release and hold the Amon Carter, its employees, officers, and agents harmless from any liability in connection with the handling of this photograph while it is on the premises of the museum.

• Certify that this photograph has no monetary value.

• State you are the creator of this image and hold the copyright. You give the Amon Carter, and other parties duly authorized by the museum, the nonexclusive license to reproduce the image in its own programs, publicity, website, and broadcasts in conjunction with the exhibition Color! American Photography Transformed.

• Agree that the Amon Carter reserves the right to refuse the display of any images.

All original digital photographs will be uploaded to the timeline within one week of submission. After the exhibition closes, all digital images will be deleted. Submissions are limited to one digital image per person. Please, no digital reproductions of older photographs.