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The photography collection at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art originated in the exhibition Attitudes: Photography in the 1970s, organized by Fred Parker, the first part-time curator of photographs at the Museum. This groundbreaking exhibition featured works by many up-and-coming photographers who are now nationally recognized. A significant number of these photographs were acquired by the Museum and formed the basis of the collection. Major gifts in 1983 and 1985 from Arthur and Yolanda Steinman provided an important historical core of vintage and modernist works around which the collection continues to grow. Areas of particular strength and focus include: works by California photographers from 1860 on, contemporary photographers from Western Pacific Rim countries (Korea, China, Japan, Vietnam), artists exploring issues of science and science-based art, and selected examples by acknowledged master photographers. Other areas of emphasis include photographers with ties to Santa Barbara and works with synergistic relationships to other Museum collection areas, for example vintage prints of nineteenth-century France and images of modern Latin America.
Selected Works from our Photography Collection:
*Not all works listed are currently on view
 
Anne Brigman; American, 1869-1950; The Breeze, ca. 1910; Gelatin silver print; Image 9 1/2 x 7"; Museum purchase with funds provided by the SBMA Women's Board; 1995.19.2
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Anne Brigman
American, 1869-1950
The Breeze, ca. 1910
Gelatin silver print
Image 9 1/2 x 7"

Museum purchase with funds provided by the SBMA Women's Board
1995.19.2
Francis Frith; British, 1822-1898; The Mosque of the Emir al Aqmar, Cairo, 1858; Albumen print; Sheet 29 1/8 x 21 1/8"; Gift of Jane and Michael G. Wilson; 1993.73.14
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Francis Frith
British, 1822-1898
The Mosque of the Emir al Aqmar, Cairo, 1858
Albumen print
Sheet 29 1/8 x 21 1/8"

Gift of Jane and Michael G. Wilson
1993.73.14
       
Marion Post Wolcott; American, 1910-1991; After a Blizzard, Center of Town, Woodstock, VT, 1939; Gelatin silver print; Image 8 3/4 x 12"; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Fenton; 1991.71.3; © Marion Post Wolcott
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©Marion Post Wolcott
Marion Post Wolcott
American, 1910-1991
After a Blizzard, Center of Town, Woodstock, VT, 1939
Gelatin silver print
Image 8 3/4 x 12"

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Fenton
1991.71.3
Robert Rauschenberg; American, b. 1925; Ceiling and Lightbulb, 1950, printed 1980; Gelatin silver print; Sheet 20 x 16"; Museum purchase by 20th Century; Deaccessioning Fund; 1991.86; © Artists Rights Society, Inc. (VAGA)
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©Artists Rights Society, Inc. (VAGA)
Robert Rauschenberg
American, b. 1925
Ceiling and Lightbulb, 1950, printed 1980
Gelatin silver print
Sheet 20 x 16"

Museum purchase by 20th Century
Deaccessioning Fund
1991.86
 
     
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