Tuesday, April 25, 2006


UMMA Exhibit
Originally uploaded by argusmaniac.
I spent an hour and a half today at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA). The traveling show from the George Eastman House is "Rethinking the Photographic Image." This show is a definite MUST SEE, if you like photography. There are prints there by William Talbot, Margaret Julia Cameron, David Octavius Hill, Atget, Brady, William Henry Jackson, etc. etc., etc. It's like a who's who of photography, though I am less familiar with the names from this century. You will have seen many of these images in photographic history books, but these are the real deal. Not only that -- think of it -- all are from one museum.

I'll be going back again. When I see all these great examples from various photographers -- one man really stands out -- Edward Weston (surprise). Others will undoubtedly have their favorites. Be sure to visit the paper gallery in the basement, as there are some wonderful examples of Hollowood glamour photography that are part of the exhibit.

One thing that was missing were Polaroids...I wonder why?

This exhibit definitely whetted my appetite for visiting the Eastman House in Rochester, NY. Sounds like a summer trip this year.

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