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Museum of Photographic Arts – Virtual Tour

Museum of Photographic Arts - Virtual Tour

Museum of Photographic Arts – Virtual Tour

The Museum of Photographic Arts was founded in 1974 and opened in 1983. It is one of three museums in the US dedicated to the collection and preservation of photography.

The museum’s mission is to inspire, educate, and engage the broadest possible audience through the presentation, collection, and preservation of photography, film, and video.

In 2000, the museum expanded its gallery space and added a classroom, a theater, a print viewing room, and a 20,000-volume library.

The Museum of Photographic Arts has collected thousands of photographs that span the history of photography.

The collection’s 7,000 images by 850 photographers provide representative examples of different photographic styles, genres, and techniques. 

The collection ranges from early 19th century prints to pictorialism, documentary and photojournalism, and digitally constructed imagery. 

Museum of Photographic Arts - Virtual Tour

Highlights of the Museum of Photographic Arts

  • The Photographs of Yosuke Yamahata
  • Lou Stoumen Collection
  • Nineteenth-century works by Matthew Brady, and Julia Margaret Cameron, amongst many others
  • Expeditionary photographs by Francis Frith, Samuel Bourne, and John Thomson, amongst many others
  • Early 20th-century images by Alfred Stieglitz and Clarence White, amongst many others
  • World War II and Depression-era images 
  • Mid-twentieth-century Soviet Russian photography
  • Social documentary and photojournalism images 

Museum of Photographic Arts - Virtual Tour

Arc du Carrousel by Achille Quinet, 1870, Albumen print 

Museum of Photographic Arts

  • Museum:          Museum of Photographic Arts
  • City:                  San Diego, California
  • Country:           United States
  • State:                California
  • Founded:         1974
  • Type:                Specialist Museum
  • Location:         1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA, United States

Museum of Photographic Arts - Virtual Tour

Farmers Wearing Rain-Coats – Kusakabe Kimbei, 1890s, Albumen print 

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Museum of Photographic Arts – 360 Views

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“Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.”
– Anonymous

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Photo Credit: Another Believer / CC BY-SA (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0); flickr.com/photos/osbornb/ / CC BY (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0); Achille Quinet / Public domain; Museum of Photographic Arts Collections / No restrictions

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