Magnificent Gifts for the 75th

February 13, 2010— April 4, 2010

Photography Collection

We have always had a special place in our hearts for the Nelson-Atkins. As young people, the Museum offered us a place for quiet reflection and constant inspiration.
–Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison

The 15 photographs designated as 75th Anniversary gifts from the Hall Family Foundation have brought the number of that ongoing gift to a breathtaking 8,000, completely transforming the Photography collection and firmly establishing its international reputation.

Augustus Washington’s daguerreotype portrait of the abolitionist John Brown is one of the most riveting images on view here.

In addition, works such as the Photography Society’s gift of Fazal Sheikh’s contemporary portrait Simran, New Delhi, India; Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison’s gift of their Channel; and Jeffrey and Polly Kramer’s gift of Fred Zinnemann’s Grand Central have further underscored the prominence of the collection.

Augustus Washington
American, 1820–1875
John Brown, ca. 1846–47
Quarter plate daguerreotype
Gift of the Hall Family Foundation in honor of the 75th anniversary of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 2008.6.4


Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison
American (Robert, b. 1968; Shana, b. 1964)
Channel, 2005
Chromogenic print mounted to aluminum with mixed media
Gift of the artists in honor of the 75th anniversary of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 2008.38.


Gustave Le Gray
French, 1820–1884
Brig Upon the Water, 1856
Albumen print
Gift of the Hall Family Foundation in honor of the 75th anniversary of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 2007.17.22

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