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The cornerstone of the photography collection is the renowned Helmut and Alison Gernsheim collection, which is best known for its treasures of nineteenth-century photography, including the world's first photograph, a unique image created in 1826 by the French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. Since that landmark acquisition, the photography collection has expanded into such diverse areas as fine art, photojournalism, documentary photography, the history of photography, and its technology. These holdings currently amount to over five million prints and negatives, supplemented by books, manuscripts, journals, and ephemera of significant photographers since the medium's invention.

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Portait of a young girl. Click to enlarge.

Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson [Lewis Carroll]
Xie Kitchin
ca. 1875
Albumen print
15.7 x 12.7 cm

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Publications

The Gernsheim Collection - Illustrated catalog with more than 125 full-page plates

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Fritz Henle: In Search of Beauty - Catalog of major retrospective exhibition of Fritz Henle's life and career

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David Douglas Duncan: One Life, A Photographic Odyssey - Introduction to Duncan, with selected photographs from the 1940s to the 1980s

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Henry Peach Robinson: Victorian Photographer - Introduction to the imagery of this successful British artistic photographer

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