Major New Exhibition of Historical Landscape Photography at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Von Storch Breaker VSmallProfessor Richard Healey has contributed his expertise in Civil War Era industrial photography to a major new exhibition of historical landscape photography at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, one of the most visited galleries in the USA.  The exhibition is entitled ‘East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography’ and is curated by Diane Waggoner.  This is the first time that there has been an exhibition which focuses exclusively on photographs made in the eastern half of the United States during the 19th century.  Among the 175 images on display are some of the earliest known photographs taken in the country and they represent a wide range of photographic technologies, including daguerreotypes, stereoview cards and albumen prints.

Professor Healey was first put in contact with Diane because of his detailed knowledge both of mining and railroad landscapes in the North-East USA, and of the extent of surviving photography of these landscapes in the 1860s and 1870s. Following on from this he was able to provide specialist input into the relevant section of the Museum catalog and was very pleased to have the opportunity to visit the exhibition in person a few weeks ago.  Further collaboration on rare Civil War Era photography is now underway. The exhibition continues in Washington until the middle of July, before moving to the New Orleans Museum of Art for a season in October.

More details can be found on the National Gallery of Art website at

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