Eyes of a Nation: A Century of American Photography

Lou Stoumen Sea of Hats, 1940 Gelatin silver print Bequest of the Lou Stoumen Estate. © The Museum of Photographic Arts.

Eyes of a Nation is drawn from MOPA’s permanent collection and looks at the rich history of American photography by artists working in the 1870s-1970s. The exhibition explores the groundbreaking movements and photographers who helped shape photography at an important time in the development of our country.

Eyes of a Nation investigates the aesthetic growth of photography as it developed into an art form, while presenting the unique power of the medium to document and inform through the photographs of artists such as Walker Evans, Berenice Abbott, Edward Steichen, Gertrude Kasebier, and Stephen Shore. Presenting an important story of American photography focused on social reform, artistic expression, and the dramatic political and cultural changes experienced during that time.

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