Photo Museums: Virginia  

Charlottesville
155 Rugby Road
Charlottesville, Virginia - VA 22904
The Museum began collecting photography in 1980 and has since amassed a collection of over 1000 images ranging in date from 1878 to the present. Artists in the collection include Eugène Atget, Berenice Abbott, Man Ray, Frederick Sommer, Sally Mann, and Shelby Lee Adams. Also represented are New York scene photographers Helen Levitt, Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, Roy De Carava and Diane Arbus. The collection holds extensive bodies of work by three artists: Sam Abell, renowned National Geographic photographer, documentary photographer David Plowden, and landscape photographer William Wylie.
 
Norfolk
245 West Olney Road
Norfolk, Virginia - VA23510
Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. collected most every kind of art object—except photography. The Chrysler Museum of Art’s photography collection is primarily the result of collecting activity since 1978. Since those humble beginnings, the Chrysler now possesses a substantial collection of more than 4,000 photographic objects from 19th-century daguerreotypes to contemporary digital and installation works.
 
Norfolk
7637 North Shore Road
Norfolk, Virginia - VA23505
The Hermitage maintains an extensive collection of institutional archives that includes more than 1,200 documents, photographs, letters, newspapers, journals, scrapbooks, and architectural blueprints recording the evolution of the house and surrounding area.
One of the most valuable components of the Sloane Collection is the archival record attached to each work of art. Mrs. Sloane often befriended the artists she patronized, and the Hermitage archives are overflowing with correspondence from some of the most important artists, dealers, and collectors of the early 20th century. Letters between Mrs. Sloane and Georgia O’Keefe, Isabella Stewart Gardner, John Singer Sargent, Helen Turner, Douglas Volk, and many others are a valuable resource for scholars around the world.
An extensive collection of early Hermitage photographs document the activities of American, British, and Australian troops during the First and Second World Wars. These images provide an opportunity for Norfolk’s military community (Norfolk is home to the largest Naval base in the world) to imagine what it must have been like to be stationed here during the first half of the 20th century in a particularly trying time for service members.
 
Richmond
200 N. Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia - VA23220
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts houses a remarkable permanent collection of more than twenty-three thousand works of art from almost every major world culture. Especially noteworthy are the museum’s collections of Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Modern and Contemporary American art donated by Sydney and Frances Lewis; French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art and British sporting art given by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon; American art acquired through the J. Harwood and Louise B. Cochrane Fund; The Lillian Thomas Pratt Collection of Fabergé jeweled objects; and The Jerome and Rita Gans Collection of English Silver. The museum’s holdings of South Asian, Himalayan, and African art are among the finest in the nation.
 
Roanoke
101 Shenandoah Ave
Roanoke, Virginia - VA24016
The Collection of the O. Winston Link Museum is certainly focused on the Norfolk and Western project. Link captured the last days of steam operation on the N&W Railway in the late 1950s, but within the walls of these Galleries, our visitors experience much more than just photographs. This collection is more than trains and rail operations. The images created by Link are vignettes into history and sociology. They are art; they are a part of the history of photography and they are a tool to share an era with every person.
In the Radford Gallery, the names of towns along the top of each wall detail stops along the Abingdon Branch of the N&W Railway. The photographs in this gallery showcase the spectacular views and people along the line. Look through the view camera in the center of the room to see the world as Link did. Visitors to the Museum will be surprised to see the daytime and color images in this Gallery. Because the Abingdon Branch ran only during daylight hours, and because Link was drawn to the vibrant fall colors, many of his color photographs were made here.
 
Virginia Beach
2200 Parks Avenue
Virginia Beach, Virginia - VA23451
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art is a non-profit institution which exists to foster awareness, exploration, and understanding of the significant art of our time. Through excellence and diversity in our changing exhibitions and educational programming, MOCA stimulates critical thinking and dialogue throughout the Hampton Roads community.
 
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