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From 3 August to 6 October 2019, the North Carolina Museum of Art dedicates two showcases to early examples of photography in the United States.

The North Carolina Museum of Art presents two correlated exhibitions of historical photographs from two private collections, offering fascinating insights into US culture during the earliest decades of photography.

‘The Collector’s Eye: Early Photographs of African Americans from the Dennis O. Williams Collection’ features  compelling portraits from the last half of the 19th century – a time of dramatic change regarding the role of African Americans within society. As a collector, Williams focuses his attention on images of men and women who were, or might have been, former slaves.

Its sister exhibition, titled ‘The Collector’s Eye: Early American Photography from the Dr. Paul Lafavore Collection’ focuses on beautifully crafted examples of the daguerreotype, the first commercially successful photographic process. The majority of the exhibits are portraits, many of them taken in New England.


For further details visit North Carolina Museum of Art.

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