Armstead & White Photograph Gallery (detail), 1861-1865, Armstead & White [George Armstead and Henry White], albumen silver print. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Paper Promises: Early American Photography


Daily, through May 27

West Pavilion, Lower Level

Free | No ticket required

Paper Promises traces mid-nineteenth-century experimentation with and exploitation of photography on paper. Rare photographs and negatives are featured alongside iconic images from the formative years of photography in the United States. The exhibition demonstrates the importance of photographic reproduction in shaping and circulating perceptions of America and its people during a critical period of political tension and territorial expansion.

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