Masters of American Photography

Organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania

April 8 - June 25, 2022

Masters of American Photography is an exhibition curated from the collection of the Reading Public Museum, featuring photographs that represent the history of the medium from the 1880s through the 1980s. With a particular emphasis on the first decades of the twentieth century, the exhibition includes iconic images by giants in the photographic canon such as Eadweard Muybridge, Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Berenice Abbott, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Margaret Bourke-White, and Paul Strand. This carefully chosen collection features an impressive range of works encompassing portraiture, landscape, still life, and cultural history, dramatically presenting American life during this period. The range of photographic processes represented includes silver gelatin prints, collotypes, bromide photo prints, photogravures, and dye transfer prints, demonstrating the versatility of the medium. Masters of American Photography is organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania. 

Image courtesy Reading Public Museum: Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936, photogravure, Edition #36/300, Published by Aperture under the auspices of the Dorothea Lange Collection at the Oakland Museum.

Presented by

Sponsored in memory of

Mary Middleton Suber

Rebecca Routon Shaw

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Opening Reception for Masters of American Photography and Mary Proctor: I am Just the Messenger! Join us to see original work by iconic photographers, celebrate five new exhibitions, and meet exhibiting artists in three galleries:
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Admission: FREE for members, limited # of members’ guests (*Membership level = # of people admitted free: Director's Circle, Artists Guild, and Family Members = 4. Senior, Individual, and Student Members = 2, and children; nonmember adults $10). Join Gadsden Arts here.


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