The BMA has an internationally renowned collection of 65,000 works on paper, including 4,000 drawings and 4,000 photographs, from the 15th century to the present. Considered one of the most significant collections of works on paper in the country, it is also a comprehensive resource for the study of European and American printmaking.
The BMA’s photography collection has grown to more than 3,000 works of astonishing quality. The Gallagher/Dalsheimer collection features 20th-century American street photography and an exceptional group of experimental European photographs made between the wars. Photographers represented in depth include William Eggleston, Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Weston. The collection has expanded with the addition of works by Gordon Parks and James Welling, as well as recent acquisitions of large-scale color photographs by contemporary artists Rineke Dijkstra, Jeff Wall, and Carrie Mae Weems.