New Orleans, LA—Featuring over twelve thousand photographs spanning the history of photography from the early 1840s to the present, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) holds one of the most important photography collections in the United States. Looking Again: Photography at the New Orleans Museum of Art offers an in-depth look into the museum’s collection, featuring 131 objects—from artists such as Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Margaret Bourke-White, Harry Callahan, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Imogen Cunningham, Bruce Davidson, Robert Frank, Emmet Gowin, Man Ray, Robert Mapplethorpe, Irving Penn, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston, and more—alongside accompanying essays by Russell Lord, NOMA’s Freeman Family Curator of Photographs.

Published on the centennial of the first photography exhibition presented at NOMA in 1918, Looking Again explores the many histories of photography, addressing long-held beliefs and offering new ways of thinking about, and looking at, photographs. As Susan Taylor,

NOMA’s Montine McDaniel Freeman Director, says, “As much as this catalogue is about celebrating photography’s history, it is also intended to serve as a foundation for the future, offering different ways to engage with photographs in a world increasingly saturated with images.”

Russell Lord is the Freeman Family Curator of Photographs at the New Orleans Museum of Art. He previously held positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. His deepest area of expertise is the origins of photography, but he has written and lectured widely on almost every moment in the history of photography. Lord’s recent publications include Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument (2013), and contributions to Photorealism: Beginnings to Today (2014) and East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography (2017). His recent exhibitions include Photography, Sequence, and Time (2012), Ten Years Gone (2015), and Something in the Way: A Brief History of Photography and Obstruction (2016–17). Much of his research focuses on the relationships between photography and other visual media.

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