Saturday December 7, 2019

An exhibition that spans the ages

A new exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland exhibits more than 100 iconic images which tell the story of photography's evolution, writes Elaine Prendeville

24th November, 2019

Is photography an art form? It’s a question that’s divided practitioners, classicists and critics for more than 180 years. Today, say the photographers, the argument has been settled in their favour, and the highest echelons of the art world agree.

Testament to this is the National Gallery Of Ireland’s recent focus on the acquisition and exhibition of important works of photographic art. NGI has dedicated a room to a permanent collection of contemporary Irish photography (View of Ireland: Collecting Photography, Hugh Lane Room), is celebrating the art form through initiatives including the Zurich Portrait Prize, and will this Friday open another major photographic exhibition to the public.

Moment in Time: A Legacy of Photographs/ Works from the Bank of America Collection is a display of more than 100 works spanning the history of photography. Showing in Europe for the first time, the collection was originally assembled by Beaumont and Nancy Newhall, the first curators of the photography department at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The Newhalls expended decades in the acquisition of iconic images from Henri Cartier Bresson, Dorothea Lange, Robert Frank and many other leading lights; the result this love song to photography’s evolution.

Occupying four rooms in the Gallery’s Beit Wing, the exhibition opens on November 30 and runs until March 22. Tickets priced €15 are available now at

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