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19th and 20th Century Photography
from the Royal & SunAlliance Collection
Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
On view now through May 2, 2004
For information, tel. 714.337.2000 or
visit www.mintmuseum.org

An historic and aesthetic overview of American photography, this exhibition also provides a pictorial history of an expanding nation. The images follow America’s rise from its frontier origins to its role on the world stage today. Featuring fifty-seven photographs by thirty-seven artists, the exhibition accompanies a major study of the early work of Margaret Bourke-White, which is traveling nationwide through 2006, also currently on view at the museum.

Photography’s influence and emotional impact are examined through works characterized as historic and social documentary, and through themes ranging from architecture and naturalism to urban/rural landscapes and portraiture. Of note: Carleton Watkins’s and William Henry Jackson’s breathtaking Sierra mountain views (above). These works were crucial in convincing Abraham Lincoln to sign the Yosemite Bill in 1864, which created the first national park. Later, the outcry for enacting labor laws was fueled by images such as Lewis Wickes Hine’s A Little Spinner in a Georgia Cotton Mill (below), 1909, in which the child-level perspective causes the viewer to understand the feeling of being dwarfed by the mammoth machinery and the tall, shadowy adults in the background.

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