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Modern Images: Photographs From The Permanent Collection

  • The Phillips Collection 1600 21st St NW Washington, DC, 20009 United States (map)

Modern Images: Photographs From The Permanent Collection

Exhibition dates: Nov. 8 – 16, 2014

“As yet the photograph has been perfected by…notably Alfred Stieglitz so that the mechanical process truly serves the artist as an instrument sensitive enough for his personal expression.” Duncan Phillips, 1926

Early on, Duncan Phillips was open to the creative possibilities of photography. He saw them as something modern. He exhibited and collected photography in the 1940s and during his tenure director accepted over fifty gifts, including nineteen images by Stieglitz donated by wife Georgia O’Keeffe. The photography collection at the Phillips is now one of the fastest-growing areas of acquisition. The photographs featured here by Aaron Siskind, Brett Weston, and Minor White show fascinating close ups of abstractions in nature while others by Ansel Adams and André Kertész show dramatic points of view. With their use of then-unorthodox camera angles and tightly cropped compositions, each of these artists brought forth groundbreaking contributions to the world of photography.