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The language of photography

Explore selections from the Harry Ransom Center’s Gernsheim Collection, which features masterpieces from photography’s first 150 years.

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“Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection” is on display at the Harry Ransom Center through Jan. 2. Drawn from the peerless collection of Helmut and Alison Gernsheim, the exhibition features masterpieces from photography’s first 150 years, alongside other images that, while lesser known, are integral to the medium’s history.

Highlights include the first photograph (on permanent display at the Ransom Center); works by 19th-century masters such as Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron and Henry Peach Robinson; and iconic images by modern photographers such as Man Ray, Edward Weston, Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Explore more multimedia pieces on the Gernsheims.

“Discovering the Language of Photography” can be seen in the Ransom Center Galleries on Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended Thursday hours until 7 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays the galleries are open from noon to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Mondays and the following holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.