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Reality Makes Them Dream: American Photography, 1929–1941

Reality Makes Them Dream: American Photography, 1929–1941

March 29, 2023–July 30, 2023

A black and white image of a naked woman floating in a pool

Edward Weston, Nude (Charis) Floating, 1939. Gelatin silver print. © 2022 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York. The Capital Group Foundation Photography Collection at Stanford University, 2019.48.323

Freidenrich Family Gallery


This exhibition features the 1930s work of five artists in the Capital Group Foundation Photography Collection: Ansel Adams, John Gutmann, Helen Levitt, Wright Morris, and Edward Weston. Displayed among a diverse selection of photographs by their contemporaries, this material illuminates how American artists used photography to spark the imagination.


This exhibition is organized by the Cantor Arts Center. We gratefully acknowledge support from The Capital Group Foundation Photography Collection Fund and the Kazak Acquisitions and Exhibitions Fund.




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