In an acquisition that has the potential to significantly expand the way the story of photography in the United States is told, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. has added 286 works from Larry J. West’s photo collection to its holdings. Dating between the 1840s and around 1925, the works acquired include pictures by some of the most prominent early Black photographers in the U.S., among them James P. Ball, Glenalvin Goodridge, and Augustus Washington.
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