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Camera Classics

February 20, 2018 – July 7, 2018


Cameras are in effect photography’s workhorses, there to perform functions that fulfill their operators’ visions and values. This exhibition looks at cameras from a different perspective, as objects of design, intended to please the eye as well as make images. It explores notable examples in relation to current design trends, user demands, and cultural significance along with technical advances. Ranging from the 1890s to the present, the works include Eastman’s early view and pocket brownie cameras, Walter Dorwin Teague’s Art Deco gift camera, the Polaroid Land Camera, and the camera-embedded iPhone.


Camera Classics was drawn from the museum’s permanent collection and the Kravis Design Center, Tulsa.


Arlette Klaric, Ph.D., Associate Chief Curator and Curator of Collections, OSU Museum of Art

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