Masterworks of Modern Photography 1900-1940

The Thomas Walther Collection at The Museum of Modern Art, New York




John Gutmann, Class, 1935, gelatin silver print, 22.3 x 19.2 cm, The Museum of Modern Art, New York Thomas Walther Collection. The Family of Man Fund, © Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents Digital Image © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence

The exhibition is dedicated to Thomas Walther’s photographic collection, acquired in 2001 by the New York MoMA. The German collector, currently based in Zurich, has collected hundreds of photographs taken during the years between the two World Wars: a period of great creative experimentation during which numerous resources of this expressive medium were investigated. The exhibition also includes iconic photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Stieglitz, Berenice Abbott, El Lissitzky, Lucia Moholy and Paul Strand, exhibited alongside other less known but equally significant artists.


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