The museum’s distinguished collection of photography—which you support as a member of Focus—makes Philadelphia an internationally renowned center for the study and appreciation of the art form.
Artist and collector Dorothy Norman founded the Alfred Stieglitz Center at the museum in 1968 with gifts from her collection and funds for further acquisitions. Her foundational gift built on the 1949 gift from Georgia O’Keeffe of sixty-nine works by Alfred Stieglitz. Since then, our holdings have grown dramatically and now include work by Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Roy DeCarava, Robert Frank, Cindy Sherman, Wolfgang Tillmans, Carrie Mae Weems, and more.
In 2001, the museum obtained a magnificent cache of 2,500 photographs amassed by collector and gallerist Julien Levy. More than 130 artists are represented, and include Eugène Atget, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Joseph Cornell, Man Ray, Lee Miller, and László Moholy-Nagy.
Another cornerstone of the collection is the archive of American photographer and filmmaker Paul Strand. With nearly 4,000 works by Strand, we have become the world’s largest and most comprehensive repository of his oeuvre.