Smithsonian Buys Rare Photos From First African American Studios

Article: Peta Pixel

A collection of early American photography from Larry J. West has been acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, transforming the museum’s holdings. West’s collection includes 286 pieces from the 1840s, when daguerreotypes started to show up in the US, to about 1925.

The New York City-based West’s collection can be classified into three groupings.

First, there are photographs by early African American daguerreotypists James P. BallGlenalvin Goodridge and Augustus Washington.

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