A New Vision of Photography

New York

When the Museum of Modern Art bought a large slice of Thomas Walther’s photography collection for an estimated $25 million in 2001, it decided to catalog its purchase with unusual dedication. Aided by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, and in collaboration with a dozen art institutions, here and in Europe, a team, led by guest curator Maria Morris Hambourg and associate curator Mitra Abbaspour along with MoMA conservators Jim Coddington and Lee Ann Daffner, have over the past four years subjected each of the 341 prints to exhaustive historical and material analysis.

Object: Photo. Modern Photographs: The Thomas Walther Collection, 1909-1949

Museum of Modern Art

Through April 19

Willi Ruge’s ‘Seconds before Landing’ from the series I Photograph Myself during a Parachute Jump (1931).http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-new-vision-of-photography-1422920037

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