In 1941, a photogravure by Edward S. Curtis became the first photograph to enter the Brooks’ collection. Presently, there are more than 1,200 works, the majority of which are from the 20th-century, including large portfolios by regional photographers William Eggleston and William Christenberry, as well as works by Ernest Withers and Alfred Wertheimer. These are supplemented by a set of Library of Congress reprints of Farm Security Administration photographs by artists such as Marion Post Wolcott, Dorothea Lange, and Walker Evans. Recent additions to the growing list of photography are works by Paul Strand, Duane Michals, Carrie Mae Weems, Alex Soth, Sandy Skoglund, Vic Muniz, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Alfred Stieglitz, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Andre Kertesz, Aaron Siskind, Gordon Parks, Marcos Lopez, and Fred Wilson.


Edward Sheriff Curtis, American, 1868-1952
Getting Water - Apache, 1903
(image/plate): 15 1/4" x 11 7/8"
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. O. M. Bennett 41.17

Lewis Wickes Hine, American, 1874-1940
Young Table Boy in Newsome's Ice Cream Parlor from National Child Labor Committee Series, 1914
Silver gelatin contact print
(image): 4 3/4" x 6 3/4"
Gift of Marcus and Mary Alice Orr and Richard and Barbara Wilson on behalf of the Photographic Circle 87.16


William Christenberry, American, b. 1936
Cannon's Grocery, 1972
Chromogenic coupler print
(image): 3 1/4" x 4 7/8"
Anonymous gift in honor of Dr. Marcus Orr 89.13
© William Christenberry


Michael Spano, American, b. 1949
Portrait of a Man, 1986
Silver gelatin print
(image): 35 3/16" x 26 ¾"
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art purchase 89.6
© Michael Spano

Alfred Stieglitz, American, 1864-1946
Going to the Start, 1904
Vintage photogravure
(image) 8 3/8" x 7 1/2"
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art purchase; Morrie A. Moss Acquisition Funds 2006.13