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Cable Car, San Francisco
Cable Car, San Francisco, 1956 (negative); c. 1960 (print)
Dorothea Lange, American
Gelatin silver print
Image: 15 1/2 x 15 5/16 inches (39.4 x 38.9 cm) Sheet: 19 15/16 x 15 7/8 inches (50.6 x 40.3 cm)
Purchased with funds contributed by the Friends of the Alfred Stieglitz Center, 2010
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The Friends of the Alfred Stieglitz Center of the Philadelphia Museum of Art bring together collectors, artists, curators, and other enthusiasts of photography. The Friends enjoy a dynamic slate of programs, including access to private collections, artists, and curators; exclusive lectures, gallery talks, and receptions; and a variety of educational programs that showcase the Museum’s collections and study spaces. Through funds raised by the group, the Friends of the Alfred Stieglitz Center present annual purchase gifts for the Museum's photography collection.

Join the Friends of the Alfred Stieglitz Center

To join the Friends of the Alfred Stieglitz Center, we request a contribution of $500 to be a Friend or $1,000 for Benefactor membership. Half of your gift will help fund the Friends’ activities and half will be directed toward annual purchases of works of art selected by the Friends of the Alfred Stieglitz Center for the Museum.

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at the Benefactor Level ($1000)

We request that all members of the Friends of the Alfred Stieglitz Center maintain a current Philadelphia Museum of Art membership.


Friends of the Alfred Stieglitz Center events include annual visits to the AIPAD New York Photography Show with Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center; studio visits; and a Focus on Collectors speaker series.

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Photography at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

There are more than 30,000 photographs in the collection of the Museum's Alfred Stieglitz Center, dating from the invention of the medium to the present. Among the Museum’s significant holdings are groups of photographs by Robert Adams, Eugène Atget, Frederick Evans, Robert Frank, Barbara Morgan, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, and Minor White. In 2001, the Julien Levy Collection of some 2,500 early-twentieth-century European and American modernist photographs— including masterworks by Berenice Abbott, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Lee Miller—was acquired through the generosity of Lynne and Harold Honickman and Jean Farley Levy. Other recent acquisitions include work by Tina Barney, Samuel Fosso, Emmet Gowin, Candida Höfer, Seydou Keïta, Abelardo Morell, Man Ray, and James VanDerZee.

In 2010, the Museum acquired, through several gifts and a purchase agreement with the Aperture Foundation, the core collection of photographs by Paul Strand, one of the preeminent photographers of the twentieth century, through the generosity of philanthropists Lynne and Harold Honickman, Marjorie and Jeffrey Honickman, and H. F. "Gerry" and Marguerite Lenfest.

The spacious and elegant Julien Levy Gallery for photographs in the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building and the Honickman and Berman Galleries for prints, drawings, and photographs in the main building allow the Museum to highlight its distinguished photography program with an exciting exhibition schedule, drawing on the strengths of the Museum’s collections and important loans. The spacious Abigail Rebecca Cohen Study Room for works of art on paper, state-of-the-art conservation lab, and new cool- and cold-storage facilities for photographs— all in the Perelman Building—provide a forum for research and study that will handsomely meet the needs of photography at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for many years to come.

For more information, please contact Friends of the Alfred Stieglitz Center by phone at (215) 684-7768 or by e-mail at .

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