Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Photography Department

Address: 
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036-4597
United States
Contact: 
Eve Schillo
Phone: 
323-857-6071

Archives and Collections

Description of Collection: 

In the photography collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art are approximately fifty-five hundred fine prints spanning the history of the medium, with an emphasis on post-World War II American photography. This collection includes one of the largest holdings of vintage Edward Weston prints in the world, as well as important works by Thomas Barrow, Imogen Cunningham, Robert Heinecken, William Henry Jackson, Alfred Stieglitz, and Karl Struss. In 1985, with the institution of the Ralph M. Parsons Acquisitions Fund, the Photography Department began purchasing significant twentieth-century photographs by Walker Evans, André Kertész, Barbara Kruger, László Moholy-Nagy, Aaron Siskind, Frederick Sommer, Minor White, and others. The Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection of Photographic Self-Portraits, which contains more than one hundred forty images, was added to the collection in 1993. Forty celebrity portraits have been given to the museum by the Hollywood Photographers Archive, and a substantial holding of the work of George Hurrell and Clarence Sinclair Bull was received in 1995; both of these gifts complement the museum’s resources on the history of the movie industry. The department continues to acquire both vintage and contemporary work.

Regions covered: 
Primarily the trans-Mississippi American West
Languages: 

Management

Catalog System: 
70% of accessioned materials are arranged by first level cataloging. 35% of which is fully cataloged on OCLC. Uncataloged records are kept by collection and group descriptions, broad inventory listings, accession records, and curatorial memory.
Digital Formats: 
Historic Photographs 1%
Repository: 
Yes
Loans to Outside?: 
Yes
Exhibited?: 
Yes