From the pyramids to the Mona Lisa, photography has long helped make other works of art iconic. Few photographs, however, have become icons in their own right. A photograph is typically considered “iconic” on account of a famous subject or a momentous occasion. The works in this exhibition, by contrast, have achieved iconic status simply as pictures. The stories of how they became icons, however, are not so simple—in fact they are part of the complicated history of photography as a form of fine art.
May 11–Aug 4, 2019