As with all forms of art, going to galleries and museums is one of the best ways to view the most iconic photographs in history. An ongoing exhibit at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) promises to bring exactly this experience by highlighting some of the most notable works, from the early days of the medium to the best of contemporary photography. If you’re in San Diego in the coming months, you might want to squeeze in a trip to this photo exhibit.
Titled The Stories They Tell: A Hundred Years of Photography, it showcases MOPA’s massive collection of around 9,000 photographs representing approximately 850 photographers. Among these legendary photographers include; Alexander Rodchenko, Andre Kertesz, William Klein, Robert Doisneau, and Phillipe Halsman. The lineup makes the photo exhibit a must-see for admirers of classic photography.
Apart from celebrating a century of iconic photography, the exhibit also brings to attention some milestones and highlights throughout the history of the craft. Among these include:
- 1920s: Artists in Russia, Mexico, and the US experiment with different angles in black and white photos, contrary to the fact that they were not widely accepted at that time.
- 1950s: Aperture Magazine is introduced to the art world and begins influencing photographers worldwide.
- 1980s: Photographers rely on past photos to learn about the archaeology of the future and capture personal interpretations of landscapes.
- 1990s: Photos become larger with big color blocks and a more documentary-style approach, like those by emotional anthropologist Troi Anderson.
MOPA also dedicated its annual Youth Exhibition to the next century of photography, presenting a bright outlook on the contributions from the youngest generation. The 14th run of the Juried Youth Exhibition titled Dreamscapes explores the subconscious and the ways we perceive dreams.
There’s plenty of time to see both exhibits. The Stories They Tell will run until February 17, 2020, and Dreamscapes until March 1, 2020. Check out the Museum of Photographic Arts website to find out more and plan your visit.