About the Photography Collection
The AGO has been collecting photographic works since the 1970s and now holds more than 40,000 images in its collection.
In recent years, the Gallery has received several gifts of major photographic collections, including a significant group of 1850s prints by British photographer Linnaeus Tripe, nearly 1,000 vintage photographsby renowned Czech photographer Josef Sudek, and nearly 20,000 original photos from the Klinsky Press Agency taken in the 1930s and 40s.
The photography collection at the AGO is installed in the Betty Ann & R. Fraser Elliott Gallery. Five themes in the installation – pioneer, perform, document, remember and wonder – allow visitors to make connections between the many historical and contemporary images captured by photographers, both famous an of lesser renown but worthy of attention for their art and imagination. Each themed area is bridged with touchstone images by Lotte Jacobi, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Edward Burtynsky, stereographs of Egypt, and the extraordinary albums of the 1851 Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace
Signature Partner: Photography Collection Program
Research and installation of the photography gallery is generously supported by:
- Mira Godard
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