Collections

Italian/Hawaiian Girl (Jennie Williams Leith of Olaa, Hawaii), ca. 1909

Currently not on view.

Dating to 1855, the collection tells the story of photography over two and a half centuries, helping us understand why and how pictures are made and the important role the medium has had in shaping visual culture across the world. Rightly celebrated for rich holdings in 19th-century Asian, Native American, maritime and early American photographs, it also includes modern and contemporary art and represents dozens of different techniques, from daguerreotypes to inkjet prints.

The earliest photograph in the collection is a daguerreotype of the Pont Neuf in Paris and is attributed to Vincent Chevalier. Made in or close to 1839, the year that photography was introduced to the public, it entered the collection in 1858. Since that time the photography holdings have grown to encompass a significant body of early works, including daguerreotypes by pioneering photographers Antoine Claudet and the Boston-based firm Southworth & Hawes, as well as a rich collection of portraits and landscapes made in New England. Several thousand 19th- and early 20th-century photographs made in China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia, including rare prints by Lai Afong, Felice Beato, Kusakabe Kimbei, Milton Miller and John Thomson, among others, place PEM's Asian photographs collection among the finest in the world. The collection also includes major archives such as those of Edwin Hale Lincoln, Lala Deen Dayal and Samuel Chamberlain, more than 100 extraordinary exhibition prints by Edward S. Curtis, over 200 rare Civil War photographs by Mathew Brady, and extensive holdings of 19th- and 20th-century photographs made in Oceania. Recent acquisitions include vintage prints by Diane Arbus, Walker Evans, Nicholas Nixon, Milton Rogovin and Edward Weston, as well as a choice group of chromogenic prints by celebrated Indian artist M.F. Husain. Contemporary works by artists Candice Breitz, Barbara Bosworth, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Peter Hutton, Marianne Mueller, Laura McPhee, Olivia Parker, Mark Ruwedel and Toshio Shibata round out the collection.

Images

Self Portrait of Childhood, 1984

Self Portrait of Childhood, 1984

Graciela Iturbide
Born 1942, Mexico
Gelatin Silver Print

Museum purchase, 1999

Accession Number: E300407
America II, 1998

America II, 1998

Luis González Palma
Born 1957, Guatemala
Gelatin silver print, oil paint and aluminum foil
49 ½ x 49 ½ in.

Gift of C. Franklin Sayre, 2007

Accession Number: E303768
Portrait of Charles W. Upham and Henry K. Oliver, about 1847

Portrait of Charles W. Upham and Henry K. Oliver, about 1847

Joseph Ropes
1812-1885, United States
Daguerreotype

Gift of Dr. Henry K. Oliver, 1911.

Accession Number: 102937.G
Woman at Toilette, 1880

Woman at Toilette, 1880

Kusakabe Kimbe
1841-1934, Japan
Hand -colored albumen print

Edward Morse Collection

Bontoc Woman, Philippines, c. 1903

Bontoc Woman, Philippines, c. 1903

Charles Martin
1871-1953, United States
Gelatin silver print
Samoan Woman, 1880-1889

Samoan Woman, 1880-1889

Attributed to Emma Sewall
1836-1919, United States
Albumen print

Gift of Arthur Sewall 2nd and Mrs. Loyall F. Sewall, 1960

A Royal Family, 1880-1905

A Royal Family, 1880-1905

Lala Deen Dayal
1844-1905, India
Gelatin silver print
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Accession Number: PH81
Culture of the Streets, about 1977-1987

Culture of the Streets, about 1977-1987

Maqbool Fida Husain
1915-2011, India
Kodak c-print

Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection, 1995.

Accession Number: E300084.18
Rock on a Pedestal of Ice, Tibet, about 1864

Rock on a Pedestal of Ice, Tibet, about 1864

Philip Henry Edgerton
1824-1893, United Kingdom
Albumen print

Museum purchase, 2001

Accession Number: PH79.16
City of San Francisco, 1870

City of San Francisco, 1870

Carleton Watkins
1829-1916, United States
Albumen print
4 ¾ x 4 ¾ in
Off the Beverly Shore, 1883-1888

Off the Beverly Shore, 1883-1888

Edwin Hale Lincoln
1848-1938, United States
Platinum print
6 x 9 ¼ in
Accession Number: PH285.174
Portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Henry P. Sturgis, about 1852

Portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Henry P. Sturgis, about 1852

Antoine Francois Jean Claudet
1797-1867, France
Active in the United Kingdom
Hand-colored stereoscopic daguerreotype

Gift of Mrs. Henry P. Sturgis, 1892

Accession Number: 3238
Untitled, Two Women in Malaya, 1860-1869

Untitled, Two Women in Malaya, 1860-1869

Baron Raimund von Stillfried
1839-1911, Austria
Albumen print

Gift of Mrs. Sumner Pingree, 1936

Accession Number: PH50.68
House in China, 1950s

House in China, 1950s

Liang Sicheng
1901-1972, China
Gelatin silver print

Museum purchase, 2005

Accession Number: PH136
Hancock, Massachusetts, 1930s

Hancock, Massachusetts, 1930s

Samuel Chamberlain
1895-1975, United States
Gelatin silver print
7 1/2 x 5 ½ in
Japanese Junks, about 1898

Japanese Junks, about 1898

T. Enami
1859-1929, Japan
Hand-colored gelatin silver on glass
2.5 x 2.5 in.
Andamanese Group with Mr. Homfray, Their Keeper, Photographed at Calcutta, 1865

Andamanese Group with Mr. Homfray, Their Keeper, Photographed at Calcutta, 1865

Studio of Saché and Westfield
Active 19th century, India
Albumen print
6 ½ x 7 ¾ in
Haschelti-Yeibichai (Navajo), 1904

Haschelti-Yeibichai (Navajo), 1904

Edward S. Curtis
1868-1952, United States
Platinum print
17 11/16 x 13 in.

Gift of Charles Goddard Weld, 1906

Accession Number: PH76.4
Lower West Side, Buffalo, 1972-77

Lower West Side, Buffalo, 1972-77

Milton Rogovin
1909-2011, United States
Gelatin silver print
6 x 6 1/4 in.

Gift of William and Marilyn Braunstein, 2008

Accession Number: PH228
Penambuco, Brazil, about 1880

Penambuco, Brazil, about 1880

Charles Ripley
1842-1887, United States
Cyanotype
5 15/16 x 8 in.
Untitled, Japanese Waterfall, 1908

Untitled, Japanese Waterfall, 1908

Arnold Genthe
1869-1942, United States (born in Germany)
Gelatin silver print
7 5/8 x 9 13/16 in.

Museum purchase, 2001

Accession Number: PH83
Women and Children of the Fishing Port of Whitby, England, about 1890

Women and Children of the Fishing Port of Whitby, England, about 1890

Frank Meadow Sutcliffe
1853-1941, United Kingdom
Albumen print
6 x 8 in.

Gift of the Concord Free Public Library, 1949

Pont Neuf, Paris, about 1839

Pont Neuf, Paris, about 1839

Attributed to Vincent Chevalier
1771-1841, France
Daguerreotype

Gift of John Burley, 1858

Accession Number: 1231
Indian Pipes, about 1929-1940

Indian Pipes, about 1929-1940

Miss Curtis
Active 1929-1940, United States
Gelatin silver print
5 ¼ x 3 ½ in.

Gift of Linda Parker, 1988.

Accession Number: 24733

From the album Monotropa Uniflora

The Island Pagoda, 1873

The Island Pagoda, 1873

John Thomson
1837-1921, United Kingdom
Carbon print
8 3/4x 11 3/8 in

Gift of the Estate of Mrs. Anthony Rives, 1973

Accession Number: PH26.19

From the album Foochow and the River Min

Mortar Schooner, Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana, 1863

Mortar Schooner, Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana, 1863

Studio of Matthew Brady
Active 1844-1894, United States
Albumen print
8 9/16 x 13 3/16 in.
Accession Number: PH104.200
Provincetown, Ma, 1751, 1931 (printed in the early 1960s)

Provincetown, Ma, 1751, 1931 (printed in the early 1960s)

Walker Evans
1903-1975, United States
Gelatin silver print
9 7/8 x 6 5/8 in.

Gift of Joan and Clark Worswick, 2001.

Accession Number: PH166
Cincinnati, 1980

Cincinnati, 1980

Nicholas Nixon
Born 1947, United States
Gelatin silver print
9 ¾ x 7 ¾ in

Gift of James and Margie Krebs, 2008

Accession Number: PH203
Madura, Trimul Naik’s Choultry

Madura, Trimul Naik’s Choultry

Captain Linnaeus Tripe
1822-1902, United Kingdom
Albumenized salt print
9 9/16 x 12 3/8 in.

Museum purchase, 2001

Accession Number: PH99.2

From Photographic Views in Madura, Part II