Click the logo to visit the American Museum of Photography Home Page

What makes a photographic masterpiece? It might be a perfectly balanced still-life, bathed in natural light. It might be a stirring portrait or a captured moment of history or a sublime landscape. Great photographs can intrigue us, astound us, mystify us, move us.

The photographs in this exhibition--all drawn from a private collection--share a special, intangible quality that sets them apart from the billions of other camera images taken over the last 168 years.

Click on any photograph for a full-size image and more information.

William Henry Fox Talbot: The Footman.

The first photograph on paper of a human figure, 1840

Click on any photograph for a full-size image and more information


Unidentified Photographer: The Telegrapher

Daguerreotype, circa 1853


Unidentified Photographer: Uncle George & Gus

Daguerreotype, circa 1853


Alexander Hesler: Abraham Lincoln, 1860


Edward Anthony: Broadway on a Rainy Day

Albumen stereoscopic photograph, 1860


Bisson Freres: Glacier des Bossons

Albumen print, 1860

George N. Barnard: Nashville From the Capitol

Albumen print, 1865

David B. Woodbury: Mrs. Henry's House

Albumen print, 1861


Masterworks Part Two ---- Masterworks Part Three --- Museum Home Page

Copyright © MMII The American Photography Museum, Inc. All Rights Reserved