79 Essex Street
New York, New York - NY10002
The collection spans the history of the photographic medium, from daguerreotypes to gelatin silver and digital chromogenic prints, but is strongest in its holdings of American and European documentary photography from about 1930 through the 1960s. Among the highlights are comprehensive archives of the works of Robert Capa, Cornell Capa, Gerda Taro, Chim (David Seymour), Roman Vishniac, and Weegee (Arthur Fellig), as well as works by members of the Photo League and photographers of the Farm Security Administration. Also included are substantial holdings of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Robert Frank, Andre Kertesz, Lisette Model, Gordon Parks, Aaron Siskind, James VanDerZee, and Garry Winogrand. Another component of the collection is a significant group of photographically illustrated magazines such as Vu, Regards, Picture Post, Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung, Arbeiter Illustrierte Zeitung, and Life. The collection also includes a distinctive survey of vernacular photography, including photographic albums, commercial photography, and real photo postcards. Recent acquisitions include key works by Mitch Epstein, Hiroh Kikai, Seidou Keita, Justine Kurland, Liu Zheng, Gillian Laub, Louise Lawler, Susan Meiselas, Vik Muniz, Shirin Neshat, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Collier Schorr, Stephen Shore, Lorna Simpson, Hank Willis Thomas, and Mickalene Thomas.