Machines of Memory: Cameras from the Technology Collection

From May 5, 2005 through March 30, 2014 in History of Photography Gallery

"All the things the public most wants to see from the technology collection," that’s how Technology Curator Todd Gustavson describes Machines of Memory, the exhibition in the North Gallery. The display includes a variety of photographic highlights from camera obscuras through digital imaging designed to show the evolution of photography as well as its revolutions.

A section on Kodak showcases the cameras that changed the world, including the first Kodak, the first folding pocket camera, the first auto exposure camera, and of course, the Brownie. A selection of the most fascinating objects in the collection features, among other items, a lunar orbiter, a Technicolor movie camera, and "detective" cameras from the 1880s.

"The exhibition really explores the depth and breadth of the collection," explains Gustavson. "There’s something in there to interest everyone, even people not previously familiar with photographic technology."

Visitor Comments
"So many memories, the Brownie, the Instamatic, makes me think of growing up."

"Wonderful exhibit! Great to see how cameras have changed over the years."

"Great show, loved that it showed the technology behind the photos. Fun to see all the unusual cameras along with the others."

This exhibition of cameras and photographs will close on March 30 as we prepare for reinstallation of the gallery with objects from the permanent collection. For updates, stay connected with enews, Facebook, and Twitter.

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