This special feature presents a selection of 26 photographs from the Cincinnati Art Museum’s collection about which some details are unknown. The photographs, from the mid-19th century to present day, are without the name of the photographer, or the identity of the sitter, or the place and time the picture was made. Five Cincinnati-area writers responded to these gaps in knowledge with poems, short stories and other creative responses which are presented alongside some of the photographs.
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Image: Joel Sternfeld (born 1944, United States), Location Unknown, 1976/2011, pigment print. Cincinnati Art Museum, FotoFocus Art Purchase Fund. 2012.90. © Joel Sternfeld