The Metropolitan Museum's Department of Photographs surveys the history of photography from its invention in the 1830s to the present. The collection is largely European and American, with some representation of other parts of the world, particularly Japan. Information page with examples in roughly chronological order.
The LOC prints and photographs collections number more than 13.7 million images. While international in scope, the collections are particularly rich in materials produced in, or documenting the history of, the United States and the lives, interests and achievements of the American people.
Manuscripts, photographic materials, photographs, negatives, albums, work prints, audiovisual materials, contact sheets, correspondence, memorabilia and other unique artifacts relevant to the history of twentieth-century photography.
The Photography Collection includes photographs and negatives dating from the invention of photography to the present day. Searchable by photographer.
Includes selections from the Helmer Backstrom collection and the Gernsheim Collection, focusing on older processes. Especially strong representation of Swedish photography.
The collection of the Museum (including the Elysée Foundation collection). This section presents the most important portfolios.
Includes works by Jean-Eugene Auguste Atget, August Sander, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert McPherson and Gustave Le Gray, among many others. Searchable by artist and title.
The collection illustrates the evolution of early-20th-century photographic styles, beginning with photographs that imitate romantic painting styles. The MFAH´s collection is strongest in the new approaches to photography that emerged in the second half of the 20th century. Information page plus collection highlights.
The Photography collection of the NGA includes nineteenth- and twentieth-century photographs by European and American photographers. Information page plus tour of collection.
The Institute’s collection of photographs spans the history of the medium as fine art, from the 1860s to the present, but focuses primarily 20th-century American, photographers.