Photography

Photography

The photography collection at Princeton is one of the leading museum collections in the country. The first photograph in the collection, a work by Alfred Stieglitz, was registered in 1949. In 1971, David Hunter McAlpin, Class of 1920, and Mrs. McAlpin donated their personal collection of nearly 500 photographs, including works by Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Imogen Cunningham, Charles Sheeler, and Edward Weston. Since then the department's holdings have grown to over 20,000 photographs by more than 900 artists, forming a comprehensive history of the medium from the 1840s to the present. Archives housed in the department include those of Minor White, Clarence H. White and the Clarence H. White School of Photography, Ruth Bernhard, and William B. Dyer. Photography at Princeton, an extensive catalogue of the collection, was published in 1998. The collection is available to students and scholars  through exhibition or viewing in the study room by appointment.

McAlpin Photo Study Center hours are by appointment only. Please send an email to Photography@princeton.edu at least two weeks in advance to view original photographs. All appointment requests must be made in writing.

 

In the Galleries

Katherine Bussard

Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography

Katherine Bussard was appointed Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography at the Princeton University Art Museum in 2013. Previously, she served as associate curator of photography at the Art Institute Chicago. Since 1999, she has organized a number of exhibitions, including: Film and Photo in New York (2012); Souvenirs of the Barbizon: Photographs, Paintings, and Works on Paper (2011); So the Story Goes: Photographs by Tina Barney, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Nan Goldin, Sally Mann, and Larry Sultan (2006); and a biennial series dedicated to emerging photographers (2005–2011). Bussard is co-author of Color Rush: American Color Photography from Stieglitz to Sherman (2013). Her doctoral research on street photography at the City University of New York is the subject of Unfamiliar Streets: The Photographs of Richard Avedon, Charles Moore, Martha Rosler, and Philip-Lorca diCorcia (2014). Most recently, Bussard co-authored an award-winning publication exploring the intersection of photography, architecture, and urban studies. That book and the accompanying exhibition are entitled The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980.