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Daguerre's American Legacy: Photographic Portraits (1840-1900) from the Wm. B. Becker Collection
April 18, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Three Men with Fish and Lobster

Unidentified photographer, Three Men with Fish and Lobster, tintype, ca. 1890

Provocative, thoughtful and sometimes haunting, the portraits in this exhibition of 19th century Americans portray men, women and children during an era when new photographic technologies were just becoming accessible and popular.

On loan from the collection of Wm. B. Becker, a noted collector of early photography, are 170 daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes and albumen prints, as well as several dozen cameras and other artifacts. An illustrated publication is available at the MIT Museum Store.

Related Programs:

Exhibition Tour: Daguerre's American Legacy, May 24 & June 14, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Explore the history of portrait photography with art historian Ulrike Heine and learn how early forms of photography impacted Americans in all walks of life. Tickets available at 12:30 p.m.on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited to 10 participants - teens and adults only, please.

Photography Tour: MIT Museum Revealed, April 22, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Join curator of Architecture and Design, Gary Van Zante, in a discussion of Daguerre's American Legacy: Photographic Portraits (1840-1900) from the William B. Becker Collection. Tickets available one half hour before tour begins, distributed on a first-come, first served basis.

Note, all photos of this show appear on our website courtesy of Wm. B. Becker Collection / PhotographyMuseum.com.

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From the Exhibition

Machine with Breath, Arthur Ganson, 5000 Moving Parts

Unidentified photographer
Slave Boy Brought to

ambrotype, ca. 1855

To Conjugate, Anne Lilly, 5000 Moving Parts

Geo H. Dresser
Native American with
  Blonde Baby

albumen print, after 1885

Jeremiah Gurney, Woman with Kepi and False Beard, daguerreotype, ca. 1858.

Jeremiah Gurney
Woman with Kepi and
  False Beard

daguerreotype, ca. 1858