Carnegie Museum of Art Collection of Photographs

What’s online?

The Carnegie Museum of Art online collection of photographs contains images from 1874 through 1958 showing scenes from mills and factories, street scenes, portraits, and aerial shots of downtown Pittsburgh. Images were selected for their unique ability to illustrate various aspects of Pittsburgh in an artistic light.

What’s in the entire collection?

The collection, held by the Carnegie Museum of Art, comprises nearly two thousand prints of Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania from the late nineteenth through the late twentieth century. The images, acquired from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in 1982, are especially rich in scenes of Pittsburgh from the first half of the twentieth century. The series is composed of photographs by internationally regarded photographers such as Margaret Bourke-White and W. Eugene Smith, as well as lesser-known photographers such as Luke Swank, Hugh Torrance, Sol Libsohn, and Frank Bingaman. There are also many striking photographs by unknown photographers.


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