Anyway, the Carter’s new show includes everything from an uncredited daguerreotype of an authentic San Francisco 49er (a 19th-century gold prospector, not a football player) to Harold Edgerton’s snapshot of a bullet passing through a candle flame to Philippe Halsman’s breathtaking old-school glamour portrait of Marilyn Monroe in 1952 posed by a phonograph record player on a bookcase. The pieces in this exhibit show the full range of the medium of photography as a documentary recording device, a technological breakthrough, and a means of artistic expression. And you can always engage a fellow viewer in a friendly argument over which photographs should or shouldn’t be in the show.
100 Great American Photographs runs Jul 1-Aug 20 at Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-738-1933.