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Face to Face: 150 Years of Photographic Portraiture

Dates: September 19, 2009 - January 10, 2010

Location:   Phoenix Art Museum, Norton Gallery, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

Cost: Varies


Face to Face: 150 Years of Photographic Portraiture explores the photographic portrait - the stories portraits can tell, the ways photographers convey the essence of their subjects and the impact of the relationship between photographer and subject. Including nearly 60 portraits from the University Libraries Center for Creative Photography, as well as key loans from a few local collections, the exhibition raises engaging questions:

How does a portrait become iconic?
What is unique about a photographic self-portrait?
What are the advantages of working in the studio, or in the field?
How do photographers use setting, pose, camera angle, or scale to add meaning to a picture?

Prints by some of the greatest portraitists and photographic image-makers of the 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century are included: Southworth and Hawes, Gertrude Kasebier, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, W. Eugene Smith, Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Yousuf Karsh and Richard Avedon.

The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. For information on museum hours and admissions costs, call (602) 257-1222.

For more information, please visit http://www.phxart.org/exhibition/exhibitionfacetoface.php