Highlights: Photography

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Selections from the Amon Carter's vast collection of photographs, negatives, and transparencies

The Amon Carter houses over 45,000 photographic prints, making the museum one of the country’s major repositories of American photography. The holdings span the history of the photographic medium, from one of the earliest daguerreotypes made in the United States to inkjet prints being made today. 

Among the earliest works in the collection is a salted paper print of Ojibway Indian Peter Jones made by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson in about 1845.

Equally rare is the Amon Carter’s series of daguerreotypes documenting the United States’ war with Mexico in 1846–48.

Later nineteenth-century photographs in the collection include Alexander Gardner’s sketchbook of the Civil War

and several hundred landscapes by expeditionary photographers such as William Henry Jackson.

Also represented are works by great daguerreotypists Albert Southworth and Josiah Hawes.

The Amon Carter is also a repository for works by major twentieth-century photographers. Particular strengths of the collection include early twentieth-century pictorial photography,

and documentary works by noted American photographers.

The Amon Carter also holds within its Artist Archives collection the photographic estates of several American photographers, including Carlotta M. Corpron,

Nell Dorr,

Laura Gilpin,

Eliot Porter,

Helen M. Post, Clara Sipprell,

Erwin E. Smith,

and Karl Struss.

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