The History of Photography is the History of Everything100 Highlights from The Drapkin Collection

October 18, 2008 – January 4, 2009

Above: John Jabez Edwin Mayall (American, 1810-1901), Portrait of a Lady, c. 1850, Daguerreotype, Gift of Robert L. and Chitranee Drapkin, 1988.014

This expansive exhibition provides an overview of one of the largest private collections of photography in the country. Chief Curator Jennifer Hardin, who has curated this exhibition, calls The Drapkin Collection “a visual history of the modern era.” As a result, the exhibition features works in every known photographic media. There are full plate daguerreotypes by Southworth and Hawes, mammoth albumen prints by Carlton Watkins, dime-size tintypes, stereoviews, and cartes de visites and cabinet cards, which heralded the concept of celebrity. The subjects and themes encompass portraits, landscapes, genre scenes, professions and trades, vernacular advertising, and photojournalism. Major figures are represented by key works: Julia Margaret Cameron, Alfred Stieglitz, Gertrude Käsebier, Clarence H. White, Eugène Atget, Lewis Hine, Margaret Bourke-White, and Aaron Siskind.