Hamon Arts Library

Mildred Hawn Gallery

Photographs from DeGolyer Library

This exhibition, which is being held in conjunction with the annual meeting of The Society for Photographic Education in Dallas March 26-29, will feature highlights from the exceptional collection of more than 500,000 photographs at SMU’s DeGolyer Library. While the focus of the photography collection at the DeGolyer is the US West and Mexico, there are surprises too. Included among the 80 images in the exhibit are Civil War pictures by Timothy O’Sullivan, Western landscapes by Carleton Watkins, Andrew J. Russell, Charles Roscoe Savage, William Henry Jackson and John K. Hillers, Indian portraits by Edward Curtis, photographs of Mexico by Abel Briquet and Hugo Brehme, as well as 19th century views of India, Jamaica, Russia, Italy and Trinidad, and works by contemporary photographers: Yousuf Karsh, Gordon Parks, Craig Varjabedian, and June Van Cleef. In addition, there will an entire case devoted to the newly acquired Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photography Collection of 5,000 rare Texas images including portraits of Santa Anna, Sam Houston, Mexican American War and Civil War soldiers, frontier towns and views from throughout the state from the 1840s on and the only known portrait of Cynthia Ann Parker, who was captured as a girl by the Comanches and went on the become the mother of Comanche leader Quanah Parker.

DeGolyer Photo
Photographer unknown. Untitled, Women, Jamaica, ca. 1870s. Album, albumen prints, Ag1982.0108
DeGolyer Photo
June Van Cleef (b. 1941). Children in Orphanage, Ojnaga, Mexico, 1995. Gelatin silver print, Ag2007.0010x