Photography

The Crocker Art Museum’s photography collection is international in scope and diverse in subject matter. Strengths of the collection are American photographs of the late 1800s and early 1900s, as well as straight, documentary, and street photography. Historic and contemporary images of the American West add to the rich history of the Museum and document Sacramento’s place within the development of California. A broad range of photographic media in the collection, from daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes, to albumen prints, gelatin silver prints, and digital prints, provide opportunities for engagement with a variety of artistic processes.

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  • Jerry N. Uelsmann (American, born 1934)
    Untitled. 1976.
  • John Bulmer (British, born 1938)
    Black Country 011, Divided Street. 1961.
  • John Gutmann (American, born Germany, now Poland, 1905–1998)
    Auto Ferry: San Francisco. 1934.
  • Judy Dater (American, born 1941)
    Twinka Thiebaud. 1970.
  • Ken Light (American, born 1951)
    Cuyotepeji, Oaxaca, Mexico, San Ysidro, 1986. printed 1989.
  • Larry Clark (American, born 1943)
    Everytime I See You Punk You're Gonna Get the Same. 1971.
  • Laura Gilpin (American, 1891–1979)
    Miss Brenda Putnam. 1921.
  • Leon Levinstein (American, 1910–1988)
    Fifth Street and Broadway. circa 1958.
  • Lewis deSoto (Cahuilla, born 1954)
    The Restoration. 2006.
  • Lewis Hine (American, 1874–1940)
    Mountaineer, Eastern Kentucky, cooking bacon, drought. 1931.
  • Lewis Hine (American, 1874–1940)
    Child Picking Cotton, 1908. printed 1920s.
  • Lezley Saar (American, born 1953)
    I turned by back on the ocean defacing the ocean. 2019.
  • Lise Sarfati (French, born Algeria 1958)
    Elisabeth, Sunset Boulevard and North Poinsettia, from the series On Hollywood. 2010.
  • Lisette Model (American-Austrian, born Austria 1901–1983)
    Blind. 1930s.
  • Marion Post Wolcott (American, 1910–1990)
    Mad Money. circa 1939.
  • Marion Post Wolcott (American, 1910–1990)
    Workers Going Home from Steel Mills, Pittsburgh, PA. circa 1939.
  • O. Winston Link (American, 1914–2001)
    Hot Shot Eastbound, Ieager, West Virginia. 1956.
  • Olivia Parker (American, born 1941)
    Ephemera Portfolio: Cinquefoil. 1977.
  • Peter Stackpole (American, 1913–1997)
    In Deep Contemplation. 1935.
  • Photographer unknown (American, active late 19th century)
    Folsom Prison Photo: Prisoner's Line. circa 1895.

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