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Photography’s Last Century: The Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Collection

Rosenheim, Jeff L.
180 pages
138 illustrations
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Beginning with Paul Strand’s landmark From the Viaduct in 1916 and continuing through the present day, Photography’s Last Century examines defining moments in the history of the medium. Featuring nearly 100 masterworks from one of the most important private holdings of photography, the book includes works by Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Walker Evans, László Moholy-Nagy, Man Ray, and Cindy Sherman, as well as a diverse group of important lesser-known practitioners. A fascinating interview with Ann Tenenbaum provides a personal account of the works, while the main text offers an essential history of photography that addresses the implications of calling this period the medium’s “last” century.

Winter Pool, Robert Rauschenberg  American, Combine painting: oil, paper, fabric, wood, metal, sandpaper, tape, printed paper, printed reproductions, handheld bellows, and found painting, on two canvases, with ladder
Robert Rauschenberg
Georgia O'Keeffe — Hand and Breasts, Alfred Stieglitz  American, Palladium print
Alfred Stieglitz
Fotogramm, László Moholy-Nagy  American, born Hungary, Gelatin silver print
László Moholy-Nagy
Boulevard de Strasbourg, Corsets, Paris, Eugène Atget  French, Gelatin silver print from glass negative
Eugène Atget
Penny Picture Display, Savannah, Walker Evans  American, Gelatin silver print
Walker Evans
Soho Bedroom, Bill Brandt  British, born Germany, Gelatin silver print
Bill Brandt
New York City, Robert Frank  American, born Switzerland, Gelatin silver print
Robert Frank
[Self-Portrait in Automated Photobooth], Walker Evans  American, Gelatin silver print
Walker Evans
Ethel Scull 36 Times, Andy Warhol  American, Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
Andy Warhol
Automat, 977 Eighth Avenue, Manhattan, Berenice Abbott  American, Gelatin silver print
Berenice Abbott
Identical twins, Roselle, N.J., Diane Arbus  American, Gelatin silver print
Diane Arbus
Andy Warhol and members of The Factory, New York City, Richard Avedon  American, Gelatin silver prints
Richard Avedon
October 30, 1969
Robert Adams
Untitled (Memphis), William Eggleston  American, Dye transfer print
William Eggleston
[Detail of Sign: "RTS", Destin, Florida], Walker Evans  American, Instant internal dye diffusion transfer print (Polaroid SX-70)
Walker Evans
August 12, 1974
Clovis, New Mexico, Stephen Shore  American, Chromogenic print
Stephen Shore
June 12, 1972
Nan and Brian in Bed, NYC, Nan Goldin  American, Silver dye bleach print
Nan Goldin
Crosby Street, Soho, New York, Thomas Struth  German, Gelatin silver print
Thomas Struth
Water Tower, Verviers, Belgium, Bernd and Hilla Becher  German, Gelatin silver print
Multiple artists/makers
[Washstand with View Into Dining Area of Burroughs Home, Hale County, Alabama], Walker Evans  American, Film negative
Walker Evans
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Rosenheim, Jeff, and Ann Tenenbaum. 2020. Photography’s Last Century: The Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Collection. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.