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

1919 black and white photo of a woman's leg with a double exposure of her face over image, photo by Alfred Stieglitz of Dorothy True, 1919.

This two-day symposium will feature presentations by experts from England, France, and across the United States. Topics will include 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 will conclude with an interview of a major collector of photography today.


Link to Conference Videos.

Alfred Stieglitz
Dorothy True, 1919
Gelatin silver print
9 7/16 x 7 9/16 in.(24 x 19.2 cm)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles