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"I Step Out of Myself": Portrait Photography in Special Collections

January 12 – March 20, 2015
Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery

Exhibition event: Archives After Hours, February 12, 2015, 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.

An after hours gallery talk will be given by the exhibition curators. Remarks begin at 5:30 p.m.

"I Step Out of Myself": Portrait Photography in Special Collections highlights outstanding examples of fine art and photojournalistic portraiture held in the Special Collections Research Center. Displaying selections rarely on public view, the exhibition will draw from the work of a varied group of twentieth-century photographers: Eva Watson Schütze, Carl Van Vechten, Layle Silbert, Mildred Mead, Yousef Karsh, Alice Boughton, Joan Eggan, and Tina Modotti. From the romance of Schütze's portraits of domestic life at the turn of the twentieth century, to the stylized glamour of Van Vechten's celebrity photographs in the 1930s, to the unflinching presentation of raw poverty in Mildred Mead's portraits of residents of Chicago slums in the 1950s, "I Step Out of Myself" will explore the wide range of technique, style, subject matter, and emotion found in modern photographic portraiture.