Recognizing the ways in which the invention and development of photography informed every aspect of later nineteenth-century art, the Clark Art Institute has embarked on a major initiative to build a core collection of early photographs. The collection brackets the years marking the invention of photography in 1839 to the threshold of modernism in the 1910s, with an emphasis on the great masters of nineteenth-century photography in France, England, and the United States. This portfolio of twelve stunning prints helped inaugurate the first new area of collecting for the Institute since it opened its doors to the public in 1955. It includes important works by the leading members of the French Société Héliographique, the photographic society founded in 1851 by Benito de Montfort, as well as work by other noted early photographers.
Portfolio of 12 prints, 10 x 13 inches
12 duotone illustrations
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