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A Haverford Sampler: A Selection of Masterworks from the Photography Collection

The photography collection at Haverford College is encyclopedic and covers the subject from the origins of the medium to the present day.  The college first acquired photographs for instructional purposes in 1870.  This collection has grown to over 5,000 prints.

A Haverford Sampler is an exhibition that simultaneously explores the history of the medium while providing a peek into the richness of the Photography and related Special Collections at Haverford College. The items chosen for the exhibition range from a Gutenberg Bible page to an Andy Warhol portrait of Princess Grace. These works provide visual and historical antecedents of the medium from it origins in print making to today’s digital ink prints.

Works from the early history of the medium by Hill and Adamson to its 20th-century maturity by Eugene Atget and Diane Arbus to contemporary works by Andres Serrano and Carrie Mae Weems will be exhibited. And related manuscript and rare books including a Daguerre diorama pass and letters by William Henry Fox Talbot and Alfred Stieglitz will provide further contextual insights about photography and photographers.

Opening Reception: March 3, 2010 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Closing Reception: September 17, 2010 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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