Linnaeus Tripe, Amerapoora. A Street in the City, 1855. The Clark. Acquired with partial funds donated by the Troob Family Foundation, 2011.1
Photography and Discovery
July 4, 2014 - September 28, 2014
Photography and Discovery, the inaugural exhibition in the Clark’s new Manton Study Center for Works on Paper, considers three different modes and approaches to visual inquiry and experimentation in the earliest years of the medium:
- Geography: Although photography did not “discover” new geographic sites—from the American West to Egypt—it allowed viewers to experience these places from different perspectives.
- Genre: Photography reconsidered particular forms, styles, and subjects in new ways, from self-portraiture to staged mythological scenes.
- Process: Newly invented technical processes from the salt print to the use of gum bichromate helped practitioners to achieve certain effects and reach different audiences
On view are forty-five works by American and European artists such as Julia Margaret Cameron (British, 1815–1879), Roger Fenton (English, 1819–1869), Francis Frith (English, 1822–1898), Gertrude Käsebier (American, 1852–1934), Heinrich Kühn (Austrian, 1866–1944), Gustave Le Gray (French, 1820–1884), Charles Nègre (French, 1820–1880), William Henry Fox Talbot (English, 1800–1877), Linnaeus Tripe (English, 1822–1902), Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864–1946), and Carlton Watkins (American, 1829–1916). The majority of the works in the exhibition are from the Clark’s permanent collection, supplemented by key loans from private collections.
The exhibition, curated by Jay A. Clarke, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, is drawn largely from the Clark's holdings and is the first extensive presentation of the Institute’s growing collection of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century photography. Built over the past fifteen years, and now including some 1000 works, the collection consists primarily of works by French, American, and British photographers.