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Paper Promises: Early American Photography @ Getty Center

Abraham Lincoln, February 1860, Mathew B. Brady (American, about 1823 – 1896). Salted paper print. Image: 19.5 × 14.4 cm (7 11/16 × 5 11/16 in.). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Paper Promises: Early American Photography
February 27 – May 27, 2018

“The early history of paper photography in the United States is a formative but rarely studied aspect of the medium’s evolution. While Americans were at first slow to adopt Europe’s negative-positive photographic practices, the country’s territorial expansion and Civil War increased demand for images that were easy to reproduce and distribute. The exhibition Paper Promises: Early American Photography, on view February 27 – May 27, 2018 at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center, features rare 19th-century paper negatives and paper photographs from this important era of American experimentation, including portraits of some of the country’s most notable political and cultural figures, as well as searing images from the Civil War.”

J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center


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