Akin: Capturing Human Intimacy and Tenderness

Unknown Photographer (19th century), "Untitled," 1880 (detail), tintype, 4 3/8 x 5 1/2 in. (11.1 x 14 cm), Gift of Diane and David Green in honor of our son Lee R. Greene, 2005.19

Since the medium's inception, the camera has uniquely captured the delicate bonds between individuals, both within and outside the family unit. From 19th-century ambrotype portraits to posed family portraits and abstracted figurations that evoke companionship, Akin: Capturing Human Intimacy and Tenderness highlights the photographer's desire to document our innermost relations.  Featuring approximately 30 photographs from the permanent collection, spanning over 100 years, this exhibition traces the various ways intimacy manifests in our interpersonal relationships.

Organized by the Norton Museum of Art.

Support for this exhibition was provided by the William and Sarah Ross Soter Photography Fund, the Michael M. Rea Endowment for Special Exhibitions, and the Gioconda and Joseph King Endowment for Exhibitions.

Engage in a multi-sense experience with curated song selections from Norton Museum of Art staff inspired by the art and themes in the exhibition, Akin: Capturing Human Intimacy and Tenderness, on view until July 23, 2023.