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Berenice Abbott, Parallax View; Cambridge Massachusettsca. 1958, Gelatin silver print, Dimensions: Image and sheet: 4 11/16 × 7 3/16 inches (11.91 × 18.26 cm), NCMA Permanent Collection

The Big Picture: Photography’s Moment

November 19, 2022 – March 5, 2023

Photography’s ascent in the art world is an international phenomenon. This star-studded exhibition spans the historical roots of the medium (Ansel Adams and his generation) and the thrilling, large-format color works of such Contemporary masters as Laurie Simmons, Thomas Struth, James Casebere and Gregory Crewdson. From the documentary to the painterly, images bear witness to the times. As Susan Sontag wrote, “Life is not about significant details, illuminated a flash, fixed forever. Photographs are.”

The Big Picture: Photography's Moment

A Guide to Looking

A lively illustrated guide to some of the exhibition highlights, with insights from the artists, fascinating historical information, and thought-provoking questions. Prepared by the our team of educators, who are not just experts in the field of teaching art, but are artists themselves with a great sense of the materials and techniques involved in the making of the photographs on view.

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