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Foam Photography Museum, Amsterdam

W.M. Hunt's collection

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W.M. Hunt's collection

At an auction in New York thirty years ago W.M. Hunt offered a spontaneous bid on a photo: Imogen Cunningham’s The Dream (1910), showing a woman with a white veil covering her face. For the former actor, who had a keen interest in photography, this acquisition was the start of a thematic collection that now includes over a thousand items – thematic because all the photos in the collection have one thing in common: the subject is not looking into the lens. By showing people with their eyes shut or looking down, veiled or covered, or with their face or body turned away from the camera, the photos prevent any sense of contact between the viewer and the subject, even in a close-up.

The photos in Hunt’s unusual collection are from all kinds of genres including photo journalism, art, science and documentary photography, covering the whole range of the history of photography, from the first daguerrotypes to contemporary forms. Anonymous work and pictures of little or no market value are shown side by side with work by the great masters of photographic history. The nineteenth century is represented with work by Nadar, the Alinari brothers, Julia Margaret Cameron and Disderi, twentieth-century icons in the collection include Edward Weston, Man Ray, Andre Kertesz, Bill Brandt, Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, Irving Penn and Robert Mapplethorpe. Among the major contemporary artists in the collection are Cindy Sherman, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Duane Michals and Philippe Pache.

Image:Carrie Levy (American) Untitled, 2005 Courtesy Collection Dancing Bear

FOAM Photography Museum
Keizersgracht 609 - Amsterdam
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