Photography--the practice of capturing light with a camera and exposing it to film or a digital sensor to create image--has been in a constant state of evolution mechanically, stylistically, and philosophically since the first image was taken in 1822 by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. This guide is intended to help you explore scholarly resources available for researching photography, dig deeper into the evolution of historical processes, access information about practitioners, and understand different styles of the art form.
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Did you know that internationally renowned photography collections are available to view right at your doorstep? The Walter P. Reuther Library (5401 Cass Avenue) features work from photographic masters, including Lewis Hine, Richard Avedon, and Yousuf Karsh, and Pulitzer Prize winning work (1941, 1968) among its two million still images and negatives. The collections are particularly rich with the work of documentary photographers and photojournalists, with a focus on the history of organized labor, the development of Metropolitan Detroit, twentieth century dissident movements, and Wayne State University.
See the gallery below for digital selections, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment to view collections in person.