North Carolina abounds with passionate collectors of things: cars, furniture, glass, posters, historical documents, paintings, drawings, and photographs. Collectors of any type should be celebrated. They bring together the bits and pieces of our culture and give them coherence and meaning. These related exhibitions focus on two private North Carolina collections of American photography from its early decades, when image making seemed more magic than science, but never less than art.
The Collector’s Eye: Early photographs of African Americans from the Dennis O. Williams Collection
The collection of Mr. Williams features compelling portraits of African Americans from the last half of the 19th century, a period of dramatic change in the roles of African Americans in society. As a collector, Williams focuses his attention on images of African Americans who were slaves or who might have been slaves.
The Collector’s Eye: Early American photography from the Dr. Paul Lafavore Collection
Lafavore’s collection focuses on beautifully crafted examples of the daguerreotype, the first commercially successful photographic process. Portraits predominate, many from New England. Unusual are groupings of portraits in period frames.
East Building, Photography Gallery 1 (Julian T. Baker Jr. Gallery) and 2 (Allen G. Thomas Jr. Gallery)
August 3–October 6, 2019