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Past Exhibit:



Here, There, and Everywhere: Portrait Photography from the Ira Wolff Collection

painted tintype portrait of a woman, circa 1880s

Tintype, circa 1880's



On display, through May 10, 2013, in the Special Collections Reading Room, Norlin N345.
Thursdays and Fridays, 1 - 5 pm and by appointment.


Free and open to the public. For more information call 303-492-6144.



From the earliest years of its existence, photography was called upon to document human subjects, and portrait photography became one of the most popular applications of the medium. This exhibition focuses largely on vernacular photography— photography created by anonymous practitioners and for non-artistic purposes. With portraits of artists, royalty, and politicians, as well as private family photographs, the exhibition traces the development of photography in both the public and private spheres. Also on view are examples of photographs and private albums reflecting the Western fascination with “exotic” peoples both at home and abroad. These images, along with their titles, often convey certain stereotypes held at the time of their creation.