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The Photography Collection encompasses the medium’s entire history, from 1839 to the present. It grew from a holding of 1,015 primarily American works to a collection of over 7,500 with the acquisition in December 2005 of the famed Hallmark Photographic Collection, one of the finest private collections of American photography ever assembled. Since that date, further acquisitions and gifts have enlarged the collection to over 8,000 works.
Notable artists represented in the collection include such prominent 19th-century figures as Southworth & Hawes, Mathew Brady, George N. Barnard, Carleton Watkins, Timothy O’Sullivan, and Edward Muybridge; such leading 20th-century names as Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Edward Weston, Charles Sheeler, André Kertész, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Harry Callahan, Robert Frank, W. Eugene Smith, Diane Arbus and many more.
In the Photography galleries, a survey of the creative history of the medium is on view at all times, with new installations presented about three times a year. Medium-scale temporary exhibitions—drawn both from the museum’s permanent collection and borrowed from other institutions—are also presented about three times a year.
The Hallmark Photographic Collection
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art acquired the Hallmark Photographic Collection in December 2005, through a combination gift and purchase. Primarily American in the scope of its holdings, the collection spans the entire history of photography, from the birth of the medium in 1839 to the present. At the time of its acquisition by the Museum, it included more than 6,500 works by 900 artists, with superb examples by virtually all the key American photographers in history.
With this acquisition, the Nelson-Atkins immediately assumed a position as one of the premier museums in the world for photography.