The Cincinnati Art Museum exhibited photography for the first time in 1896 and acquired its first photographs for the collection in 1899. The collection spans the history of the medium, from a salted-paper print by William Henry Fox Talbot to contemporary photographs by emerging artists. The museum’s holdings are notably strong in several areas: nineteenth-century travel photography, in particular photographs from Japan; mid-twentieth-century modern American photography by such acknowledged masters as Walker Evans, Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan; and contemporary photography, from blue-chip figures like Hiroshi Sugimoto, William Eggleston and Andreas Gursky to younger practitioners like An-My Lê and Lisa Oppenheim.

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Featured Objects

Mrs. Bell of Madras

David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, 1976.37

Woman Bathing

Unidentified Artist, 1981.711.39


Gordon Parks, 1999.15

Gunsmith and Police Department

Berenice Abbott, 2000.278

Room 125, West Bank Motel, Idaho Falls, ID, July 18

Stephen Shore, 2008.59

North Pacific Ocean, Oregon

Hiroshi Sugimoto, 2010.34