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In celebration of recent major gifts, this summer The Phillips Collection presents for the first time a major photography exhibition drawn exclusively from the museum’s permanent collection. "American Moments: Photographs from The Phillips Collection" features more than 130 photographs that evoke a sense of time, place, and experience. More than 30 renowned artists are represented in the exhibition, including Esther Bubley, Bruce Davidson, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Louis Faurer, Joel Meyerowitz, and Arnold Newman.

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New York's Museum of Modern Art has obtained a complete set of August Sander's photographic series "People of the Twentieth Century."

It announced Friday that the 619 prints have been acquired from the Sander family.

The German photographer spent 60 years portraying his country's society by profession and social class.

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) photo curator David Little is decamping from Minnesota to Massachusetts where he will become the Director and Chief Curator of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College starting August 31.

In his seven year tenure at the MIA, Little organized more than 20 exhibitions including “The Sports Show,” a pioneering 2012 examination of the history of sports photography.

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015 11:24

A New Photo Fair Debuts in London

The center of the European market for photography has traditionally been Paris, thanks in part to longstanding support from the city’s institutions and, more recently, the dominance of Paris Photo as the leading photography fair this side of the Atlantic.

Now, Photo London, a new fair launched by the cultural consultancy Candlestar with support from the Luma Foundation, is aiming to fill this gap in the capital’s art market, with around 60 international and UK-based galleries, at Somerset House (21-24 May), wh ere the word “photography” was first coined by John Herschel in 1839.

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Following the recent acquisition of more than 600 works from the Shunk-Kender Photography Collection, The Museum of Modern Art presents "Art on Camera: Photographs by Shunk-Kender, 1960–1971," on view through October 4, 2015. The photographers Harry Shunk (German, 1924–2006) and János Kender (Hungarian, 1937– 2009) worked together under the name Shunk-Kender from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, based first in Paris and then in New York. Shunk-Kender photographed artworks, events, and landmark exhibitions of avant-garde movements of the era, from Nouveau Réalisme to Earth art.

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Queens College was the fortuitous recipient of a wide-ranging assortment of photographs from the Matthew R. Bergey Collection. Twenty-nine are on display, arranged in chronological order, beginning with an anonymous “Seashell Still Life” from 19th-century France and Roger Fenton’s “Classic Bust (from the British Museum)” (c. 1860s). These are followed by a portrait from Julia Margaret Cameron and an architectural picture from Eugène Atget, two of the most admired photographers from the second half of the 19th century.

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The Parrish Art Museum will debut an extensive survey of the photography of Chuck Close, one of the most important figures in contemporary art, opening this Sunday, May 10 with a reception at 11 a.m.

On view through July 26, the exhibition will feature some 90 images from 1964 to the present, showcasing an arc of the artist’s exploration of photography— from early black and white maquettes to monumental composite Polaroids and intimately scaled daguerreotypes and his most recent Polaroid nudes. The exhibition explores how Mr. Close has stretched the boundaries of photographic means, methods and approaches.

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The Phillips Collection’s Director Dorothy Kosinski announced today the acquisition of several hundred gifts of photography to the museum’s permanent collection, accepted from a small group of collectors. Nearly 300 of the photographs were given to the museum in 2014, increasing the collection by more than 25 percent. Many of these new acquisitions, including superb color prints and black-and-white photographs from masters such as Berenice Abbott, Esther Bubley, Louis Faurer, and Joel Meyerowitz, will be displayed at the museum for the first time on June 6 with the opening of the special exhibition "American Moments: Photographs from The Phillips Collection."

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Friday, 01 May 2015 11:19

Paris Photo Opens in Los Angeles

Paris Photo returns to Los Angeles on May 1 for its third year — this time headed up by the newly appointed director team of Florence Bourgeois and Christoph Wiesner. Seventy-nine exhibitors — that is, 70 international galleries and nine booksellers — will set up at Paramount studios to show their top photogs, including 39 single-artist presentations and 20 booths devoted to “young galleries,” from Tehran’s AG GALERIE to LA natives Little Big Man.

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“Cheap, quick, and dirty, that's how I like it,” Robert Frank is said to have replied when he first heard about the plans for his exhibition at Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany titled “Robert Frank, Books and Films, 1947-2014." Rather than present his works as pristine prints in a white cube atmosphere, the exhibition features Frank’s photographs on inkjet-printed rolls of newsprint, up to four meters long, glued directly to the hallways of the museum.

Frank’s status as a photographer is legendary, as is his skepticism about the established art market.

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