One of the few institutions in the country devoted to photography, the Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) houses more than 9,000 images representing the entire history of the medium, its aesthetic movements, and technological advances. Since its founding in 1983, MoPA has been devoted to collecting, conserving, and exhibiting the entire spectrum of the photographic medium, from the 19th century to today.
Revel in images that are fascinating, moving, and often surprising. The Museum of Photographic Arts addresses important cultural, historical and social issues through its excellent exhibits and public programs.
Visitors can see works from the entire history of the medium, such as daguerreotypes and album prints from the 19th century, works of Pictorialism to Modernism, and photojournalism by renowned photographers working today. The Museum of Photographic Arts also presents interesting and relevant films in its state-of-the-art theater. Here is a look at some of the features of the museum’s permanent collection:
Anyone with a penchant for photography will want to stop by MoPA to explore the medium and to put the history of photography in chronology. A visit to the Museum of Photographic Arts will undoubtedly show you that photography not only lends a visual quality to history, but also to more abstract concepts that baffle the human mind.
The Museum of Photographic Arts Shop sells a cool range of photographic accessories and items for aficionados, from cameras to hardcover photography collections. Visitors can also stop in at MoPA’s in-house theater to catch a showing.
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