The Altering Eye : Photographs from the National Gallery of Art - the exhibition catalogue from National Gallery of Art available to buy at Museum Bookstore

The Altering Eye : Photographs from the National Gallery of Art

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'A beautifully produced guided tour of some of the greatest photographic achievements of the last 150 years' - Royal Photographic Society Journal

A handsome book of The National Gallery of Art's photography collection

In 1949 Georgia O'Keeffe chose the National Gallery of Art as the custodian of nearly 1,600 photographs by Alfred Stieglitz. With the formation in 1990 of the Gallery's department of photographs under Sarah Greenough, the collection has grown to 14,000 works of art, an collection that both charts the development of the medium and reveals the beauty and dynamic versatility of photography over its course of more than 175 years.

This elegant book presents some of the most significant and compelling photographs acquired over the years, ranging from experimental photographs made in the earliest years of the medium's history to key works by major twentieth-century figures and contemporary pieces that reset the ways in which photography shapes our experience of the modern world.

Winner, The American Alliance of Museum's Museum Publications Design Competition, 2016.

  • Author: Sarah Greenough, chief curator and head of the department of photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
  • Hardcover: 380 pages | 326 illustrations
  • Date published: April 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0500544525
  • Product Dimensions: 28.5 x 29.5 cm

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