Photography
Collection

Modotti Crane Gutmann Opie Magritte Adams Wagner Cunningham Muybridge

The Mills College Art Museum has been an important center for photography since the early 1930s, a particularly rich period of photographic development in the Bay Area.

The museum’s collection contains works by many of the preeminent San Francisco-based photographers of the time, such as Ansel Adams, John Gutmann, and in particular, Imogen Cunningham, whose images captured the campus and student life at Mills College. The museum has significant collection of vintage prints, including important works by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Arthur Wesley Dow, Tina Modotti, Eadweard Muybridge, Wilbur H. Porterfield, Man Ray, and Edward Weston. The museum also has strong holdings of contemporary photography with works by Barbara Crane, Olafur Eliasson, Catherine Opie, Joel Sternfeld, and Catherine Wagner.

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