The collection was begun by a transformative gift by Baroness Jeane von Oppenheim in 1998. It has particular strengths in works by European modern masters such as Alexander Rodchenko, August Sander and Albert Renger–Patzch; examples by Bauhaus principals Lazlo Moholy-Nagy and Gyorgy Kepes; and significant holdings by husband-and-wife, Dusseldorf artists Bernd and Hilla Becher. Strategic acquisitions through the  generosity of the Photography Committee, the William and Sarah Ross Soter Photo Fund, and other supporters have bolstered mid-century American holdings include works by Danny Lyon, Larry Clark, Bruce Davidson, William Eggelston, Dave Heath and Ralph Gibson; and a contemporary, international emphasis anchored by significant works from Sophie Calle, Tacita Dean, Thomas Demand, Gilbert and George, Candida Höfer, Alfredo Jaar, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Jeff Wall. A significant new promised gifts include photo-based work by Matthew Barney, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, Pipilotti Rist, and Bill Viola.

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Tim B. Wride

William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography
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Tim B. Wride

William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography
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Tim B. Wride joined the Norton staff in November 2011. As the Norton’s William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography, Wride has organized 17 exhibitions including: Clubs, Joints, and Honky-Tonks: Photographers Experience the Music World; the biennial Rudin Prize for Emerging Photographers (in 2012, 2014, and 2016); and Imaging Eden: Photographers Discover the Everglades. He also coordinated the Norton installations for The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951 (2013); and THE POLAROID YEARS: Instant Photography and Experimentation (2014)

Wride also organized the nationally acclaimed exhibition, Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene (2017). He has increased the Norton’s photography collection by more than 1,500 works, and commissioned eight artists to create pieces specifically for the Museum. Before joining the Norton, Wride served for 14 years as a curator in the Department of Photographs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). During his LACMA tenure, he curated more than 25 permanent collection and traveling exhibitions.

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