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6June8-October132013BridgeGalleryThepermanentcollectionoftheHuntingtonMuseumofArtcontainsalittlemorethan90photographsrangingfromanearlydaguerreotypefromthe1850stodigitalimagesfromthe21stcentury.TheacquisitionofphotographywasnotafocusfortheMuseumuntilthe1970swhenalargenumberofphotographscameintothecollectionthroughpurchaseawardsfromtheMuseumsregionaljuriedExhibition280purchaseswithfundsprovidedbytheWestVirginiaArtsandHumanitiesandthroughindividualgifts.Thephotosselectedforthisexhibitdatefromthe1970satimeofgreatexperimentationinthemedium.Inthesephotographsonecanseethesametrendsandartisticstylesbeingexploredinotherareasofthefineartsespeciallypaintingandsculpturemakingtheirwayintophotographysuchasconceptualismminimalismabstractionandmagicrealism.Photographyhasbeentakenseriouslyasafineartmediumsincetheturnofthe20thcentury.Howeverinthe1970sitenjoyedwidespreadvisibilityingalleriesandmuseumexhibitions.Nolongerwasphotographythoughtofasonlyadocumentarymediumratheritbecamemanipulatedinallstagesofcreativityfromconceptioncompositionandprocessing.AndeventhoughartistswerestillworkingwiththelimitationsoffilmtechniquesasopposedtotodaysdigitalcapabilitiesandPhotoshopmanipulationsartistscouldcreateandselecttherealitytheywishedtocaptureorpresent.ThisexhibitissponsoredbytheIsabelleGwynnandRobertDaineExhibitionEndowmenttheWestVirginiaDivisionofCultureandHistoryandtheNationalEndowmentfortheArtswithapprovalfromtheWestVirginiaCommissionontheArts.DonaldR.AndersonAmericanb.1955FatherandSon1977.Colorphotographimage9-14x13-7823.5x35.2cm.Exhibition280PurchaseAwardwithfundsprovidedbyOhioValleyCameraClub1977.7SelectedRealityPhotographsofthe1970s