Master Jimmy Miller, Son of Professor Miller, 1843-47, by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson
Special Installation: Facing the Lens: Nineteenth-Century Portrait Photographs at the Clark
October 12, 2007 - January 13, 2008
Facing the Lens, consisting of fifteen works from the collections of the Clark and the Troob Family Foundation, includes photographs by Édouard Baldus, Nadar, David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, Roger Fenton, and Julia Margaret Cameron. The photographs’ subjects range from wealthy families at home and celebrated writers posing in commercial studios, to medical patients trapped in an age that offered limited treatments. Facing the Lens also includes two self-portraits, as few photographers could resist the urge to face the lens themselves, staring back into the mechanical eye that provided a source of income and an exciting new means of artistic expression.