Seen through the Collector's Lens: 150 Years of Photography

Lectures from the Center for the History of Collecting, Seen through the Collector's Lens: 150 Years of Photography, given on May 8 & 9, 2015.

This two-day symposium featured presentations by experts from England, France, and across the United States. Topics included the art form’s early patronage by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the reasons why collectors of American Modernism also collected photographs, photography’s changing fortunes on the art market, and its legitimization as a collectable category in the fine arts. The symposium concluded with an interview of a major collector of photography today.


Image: Alfred Stieglitz, Dorothy True, 1919. Gelatin silver print, 24 x 19.2 cm. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles