Contemporary Mexican Photography

From the Permanent Collection of the California Museum of Photography


California Museum of Photography

September 9, 2017 - February 24, 2018


GUIDED TOUR OF THE EXHIBITION: 1 PM every first Sunday of each month through February 2018


The UCR California Museum of Photography (CMP) was founded in 1973 with a gift of photographs, cameras, and books. In subsequent years, the CMP has grown its collection to approximately 750,000 objects including photographs, negatives, cameras, and a robust library, making it among the largest and most diverse photography collections in the United States. Strengths include the Keystone-Mast stereoscopic archive, the archives of several commercial photographers (including images that Ansel Adams produced of the University of California as work-for-hire in the 1960s), and encyclopedic collections of several major camera manufacturers. The CMP’s fine art photography collection includes significant examples of nineteenth century, modernist, and contemporary images. Through exhibitions, collections, and publications, the CMP examines the history of photography and showcases contemporary works in photography and new media.

The photographs in the permanent collection gallery represent Mexico’s rich and diverse twentieth century photography tradition, showcasing works by Manuel Carillo, Graciela Iturbide, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Pedro Meyer, José Kuri Breña, Mariana Yampolsky, and many more.

Guided tours of the exhibition on First Sundays is supported by the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts at UC Riverside. The Gluck Fellows Program is made possible by the generosity of the Max H. Gluck Foundation. Guided tours of the Contemporary Mexican Photography from the Permanent Collection of the California Museum of Photography is organized by UC Riverside Gluck Fellow in Art History, Angela Lessing.



Image: Manuel Carrillo, untitled, n.d., gelatin silver print, collection of California Museum of Photography, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold M. Gilbert