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ICP, A Short History of Photography


To pay tribute to its departing director, Willis E. ‘Buzz’ Hartshorn, the International Center of Photography in New York is presenting 100 photographs from its vast private collection. The exhibition, which opens today, features famous and lesser known images owned by Eugène Atget, W. Eugene Smith, Cindy Sherman, Walker Evans, Alessandra Sanguinetti and many others. Mr. Hartshorn played a major role in the development of this collection, which has more than doubled in size since he was named director two decades ago. Initially focused on documentary photography and journalism, the ICP has over time taken full measure of photography’s many histories, including its contemporary history. Acquisitions have increased the archive’s size to more than 120,000 images. On the evening before ICP Infinity Awards, Hartshorn spoke to us about this development now symbolized by new technology:

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