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Osmunda Eegalis-North Europe, c. 1850, Anonymous. Collection of the Troob Family Foundation, Williamstown

Material Witnesses: Photographs of Things

January 15, 2010 - April 11, 2010

Since its invention in the nineteenth century, photography has been used for documentary purposes, faithfully recording the details of archaeological artifacts, works of art, and natural specimens. Drawn from the collections of the Clark and the Troob Family Foundation, and featuring works by William Henry Fox Talbot, Roger Fenton, and Eugène Atget, this focused exhibition considers how documentary images stand not only as material witnesses to times and places past, but as aesthetic objects that are at once accessible and uncanny.

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