Facing the Lens: Portraits of Photographers

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Untitled, from the group portfolio Silver See, 1977 Gelatin Silver Print, Hand Colored © Courtesy of the artist & Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Facing the Lens: Portraits of Photographers

2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
January 21st, 2011 - August 28th, 2011

United States
888 642-2787
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10 AM-5 PM; Thursday 10 AM-9 PM; Sunday 11 AM-5 PM


Many photographers are comfortable in front of their lenses, making self-portraiture either an aspect of their work or its mainstay. On the other hand, some are notoriously camera shy. This exhibition features photographic portraits of a wide array of photographers, from the nineteenth century to the present. Included are straightforward portraits, performances, masquerades, and surrogates. A small grouping of "anti-portraits" made up of passports, driver's licenses, and other identification documents, are lent by local photographers such as Stuart Klipper and Joann Verburg.

The exhibition comprises about 65 photographs, drawn primarily from the permanent collection. The subjects include well-known photographers Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, William Eggleston, Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander, André Kertész, Robert Mapplethorpe, Eadweard Muybridge, Cindy Sherman, Edward Steichen, and Edward Weston. Also included are the contemporary photographers Dag Alveng, Peter Beard, Vance Gellert, Arno Minkkinen, and Jan Saudek.

Participate in the Exhibition

Upload your self-portrait or photos of photographers to the MIA's Facing the Lens group on Flickr. Your photos will be featured in the gallery and also on the MIA's Web site. Please include your name,
title of photo, and the date the photo was taken.