There Was a Whole Collection Made : Photography from Lester and Betty Guttman, Hardback Book

There Was a Whole Collection Made : Photography from Lester and Betty Guttman Hardback

Edited by Laura Letinsky, Jessica Moss


In 2014, the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago received a generous gift from collectors Lester and Betty Guttman: 830 photographs, created by a total of 414 artists, that cover a time period stretching all the way from the early 1800s into our modern moment.

This richly illustrated volume, which accompanies an exhibition at the Smart Museum of Art, offers both an intriguing overview of the collection and, with it, a tour through the very history of photography itself. There Was a Whole Collection Made includes an extensive timeline on the medium's evolution that notes important dates, exhibitions, and texts.

Artists and scholars alike contribute personal reflections on and interpretations of the Guttmans' photographs, which include images by such artists as William Henry Fox Talbot, Man Ray, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, and Carrie Mae Weems.

A colorful introduction to a key visual resource, There Was a Whole Collection Made crosses time periods and genres to revel in the enduring power of the camera lens.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240 pages, 235 color plates
  • Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Photographs: collections
  • ISBN: 9780935573565



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