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The JSMA’s collection of photography began with the acquisitions of prints by Edward Weston (1886-1958) in 1965. Since that time, the collection has grown significantly in depth and diversity and now includes work by important American photographers Ruth Bernhard (1905-2006), Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976), Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946), Minor White (1908-76), and others, as well as many examples by contemporary international artists including Binh Danh (Vietnamese-American, born 1977) and Elsa Mora (Cuban, born 1971).  Historical photographic processes are well-represented by vernacular tintypes, ambrotypes, and daguerreotypes, as well as a 19th century cliché-verre by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875). Recent acquisitions of works by nationally and internationally recognized contemporary artists such as Chris Jordan, Isaac Layman, and Susan Seubert have strengthened the collection even further. Every fall term, a selection of original prints are exhibited in conjunction with Art History 359: History of Photography so that students will have the opportunity to study actual works of photography first-hand.