Modern and Contemporary Photography

Lalla Essaydi (Moroccan, b. 1956). Harem Revisited #61, 2013. Chromogenic print mounted on aluminum, diptych, ed. 15. Collection of the Tweed Museum of Art, UMD. Marguerite L. Gilmore Charitable Foundation Fund. © Lalla Essaydi

In recent years, the Tweed Museum has expanded its photography collection by acquiring both early and contemporary photographs. Since 2005, many gifts and purchases by contemporary photographers have brought the Tweed’s photography collection to over 1,500 artworks. The Tweed’s collection includes some early daguerreotypes and chromolithographs by William Henry Jackson, as well as photographs by Henri Cartier Bresson, Dorothea Lange, Robert Mapplethorpe, Kara Walker.

black preacher in white shirt and dark suit with arms up in the air and eyes shut in prayer

Gordon Parks (American, 1912-2006), Pastor Ledbetter, Metropolitan Baptist Church, Chicago, 1953, Silver gelatin print. Collection of the Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth, Sax Brothers Purchase Fund. © Photo Courtesy of and copyright Gordon Parks Foundation.

two African American men in suits sitting on a bench waiting for their greyhound bus

Esther Bubley (American, 1921-1998), Waiting Room at Greyhound Bus Terminal, NYC, 1947, gelatin silver print (vintage). Collection of the Tweed Museum of Art. Marguerite L. Gilmore Charitable Foundation Fund. © Standard Oil (New Jersey) Collection, Photographic Archives, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky.