Unseen Photography at the Getty
|Alison Rossiter, Gevaert Gevaluxe Velours, Exact Expiration Date Unknown, ca. 1930s, Processed 2014, 2014|
"Unseen: 35 Years of Collecting Photographs" marks the collection's 35th anniversary with a selection of works that have never been shown before (not at the Getty, anyway). It throws in a few famous images, such as William Eggleston's Dolls on Cadillac, Memphis and Laura Aguilar's Three Eagles Flying. Mainly it's a selection of works that will be new even to the well-schooled, and there are many new acquisitions.
|William Eggleston, Dolls on Cadillac, Memphis, 1972. (c) Eggleston Artistic Trust|
|Laura Aguilar, Three Eagles Flying, 1990. (c) Laura Aguilar Trust of 2016. The Getty acquired 35 Aguilar photographs in 2019.|
|Walker Evans, Two Giraffes, Circus Winter Quarters, Sarasota, 1941. (c) Walker Evans Archives, Metropolitan Museum of Art. The print is owned by the Getty and was acquired as part of the Arnold Crane collection.|
|Carleton Watkins, Guadalupe Mill, 1860. Purchased from Trenor Park's collection at Park-McCullough House, Bennington, Vermont|
The numbers imply that the Getty has been adding something like an average of 3000 photographs a year, post the 1984 blitz. In comparison the Getty Center's photography exhibitions show something like a thousand images a year, and many are loans. At this rate most of the photographs acquired can never be shown in a Getty exhibition.
|Sharon Core, Early American, Strawberries and Ostrich Egg, 2007|
|Veronika Kellndorfer, Succulent Screen, 2007|
Sam Wagstaff understood the power of photos created for legal, medical, or scientific purposes. Among the newest acquisitions is an album of crime scene photos by the notorious Paris cop Alphonse Bertillon, inventor of the mug shot and prosecution witness in the Dreyfus Affair.
|Alphonse Bertillon, Affaire Alaux, 1902|