Altering Eye

The Altering Eye

Photographs from the National Gallery of Art

(In association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington)
  1. Sarah Greenough
  2. With contributions by Sarah Kennel
  • ISBN 9780500544525
  • 28.50 x 29.50 cm
  • Hardback
  • 380pp
  • With 326 illustrations in colour and black and white
  • First published 2016

A chronicle of the history of photography from its invention to the present as told through the rich holdings of the National Gallery of Art, Washington

The Altering Eye

‘A beautifully produced guided tour of some of the greatest photographic achievements of the last 150 years’ – Royal Photographic Society Journal
‘A fabulous reference and source of inspiration, this book warrants a place on any photographer’s bookshelf’– Black & White Photography

In 1949 Georgia O’Keeffe chose the National Gallery of Art as the custodian of more than 1,600 photographs by Alfred Stieglitz – the Key Set, as it has become known. With the formation in 1990 of the Gallery’s department of photographs under Sarah Greenough, the collection has grown to nearly 15,000 works of art, an assemblage that both charts the development of the medium and reveals the beauty and dynamic versatility of photography over more than 175 years.

The Altering Eye presents some of the most significant and compelling photographs acquired over the years, ranging from experimental photographs made in the earliest years of the medium’s history to contemporary pieces that reset the ways in which photography shapes our experience of the modern world.

To guide the reader on this walk through the history of the medium are members of the curatorial team that established the National Gallery’s international reputation for photography exhibitions and publications over the past 25 years, ever advancing the recognition of photography as a fine art.

Sarah Greenough is senior curator and head of the department of photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.