Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Smithsonian acquires rare images by early African American photographers

The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, has purchased a groundbreaking collection of images by some of history's earliest Black photographers.

Pictures from the first African American-owned studios were among more than 280 objects acquired from New York collector Larry J. West, the institution announced Tuesday.

Smithsonian curator John Jacob said in a press statement that spotlighting early African American photographers will help the museum show "an inclusive history of photography, with African Americans among its earliest practitioners, conveying to viewers their contributions as innovators and entrepreneurs."


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