American 19-20th Century Photography



This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "American 19-20th Century Photography." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date.

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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

A World of Strangers: Crowds in American Art (11/10/15)

Carleton Watkins: The Stanford Albums (5/6/14)

Single Lens Reflex: The Photographs of Burt Harwood; with text by Richard Tobin and Jina Brenneman (10/25/13)

Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928-1939 (4/19/12)

Hide & Seek: Picturing Childhood (10/19/09)


Expanding Horizons: Painting and Photography of American and Canadian Landscape 1860-1918 (7/16/09)

Edward Steichen: The Early Years (2/4/09)

A New Kind of Historical Evidence: Photographs from the Carpenter Center Collection (6/24/05)

The Woman as Subject: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (7/18/03)

Pittsfield 1910: A Berkshire Museum Centennial Exhibition (1/21/03)


Thomas Eakins: American Realist (10/24/01)

A Maritime Album (12/8/00)

In Praise of Nature: Ansel Adams and Photographers of the American West (10/18/00)

Maryland in Focus: A Photographic History, 1839-2000 (9/24/00)

Moments in Time: Master Photographs from the Currier (8/30/00)


Strong Hearts: Native American Visions and Voices (6/1/00)

Carleton Watkins Exhibit Provides New Technology for Visitors (3/10/00)

Insight: Women's Photographs from the George Eastman House (3/4/00)

Images of an Idyllic Past: The Photographs of Edward S. Curtis (10/26/99)

In Praise of Nature: Ansel Adams and Photographers of the American West (10/24/99)


An American Century of Photography: From Dry-Plate to Digital (9/17/99

Drawing Shadows to Stone: Photographing North Pacific Peoples, 1897-1902 and Objects of Northern Life (6/15/99)

Photographs from the Collection at the National Gallery of Art (5/26/99)

Edward Curtis: The North American Indian (5/13/99)

Vintage New York: Etchings, Engravings and Photographs of New York City, 1850 to the Present (5/13/99)


William Parker Little, Columbus Pictorialist, 1850-1937 (4/10/99)

An American Century of Photography: From Dry-Plate to Digital, Selections from The Hallmark Photographic Collection (3/6/99)

Silver & Gold: Photographs of the Gold Rush (11/6/98)


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