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The Pyramids of Giza from the Southwest
The Pyramids of Giza from the Southwest, 1858
Francis Frith, British
Albumen silver print from a wet collodion negative
Image and sheet: 14 15/16 x 18 7/8 inches (37.9 x 47.9 cm) Mount: 21 3/8 x 29 3/8 inches (54.3 x 74.6 cm)
Gift of the Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1986
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Odyssey of Light: Photographs from the Collection
August 24, 2002 - February 9, 2003

This exhibition of more than fifty-five photographs demonstrates the breadth of the Museum's collection, tracing the development of the medium from the early 1840s to the present.

Half the installation presents work by nineteenth-century masters including Gustave Le Gray, Francis Frith, Linnaeus Tripe, and Julia Margaret Cameron. Representing the twentieth century are works in both black-and-white and in color by a variety of artists such as Diane Arbus, Steve McCurry, Gordon Parks, and Gilles Peress.


Katherine Ware • Curator of Photographs, the Alfred Stieglitz Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art


Julien Levy Gallery, ground floor

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