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Close to Home: An American Album

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Close to Home: An American Album

West Pavilion, Plaza Level
Close to Home: An American Album is devoted to American family photographs that chronicle the events of everyday life. Many of these snapshots were separated from their owners and rediscovered by artists, writers, collectors, and museum curators. Close to Home also features family portraits by well-known photographers such as Dorothea Lange and Edward Weston. The accompanying online photo album showcases visitors' own snapshots, offering the public a unique opportunity to be a part of the exhibition.


Press Materials

Exhibition Celebrates the American Photo Album, with Family Snapshots Gathered From Around the Country


The Snapshot as Art?—The Getty Invites Public to Submit Personal Photographs to a Special Online Album


Related Events


"The Snapshot as Social Memory" (an essay by Weston Naef, curator of photographs, The J. Paul Getty Museum)


Enjoying and Caring for your Photographs


Object List

Image Bank

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Jerry Cox, Kansas City, Kansas
Portrait of a Young Girl, about 1855
The Hull Family, Port Byron




Rosalie Julian and Connie Markoff, Brookline, Massachusetts
Ann Schiavo, Miami Beach, Florida
John Dixon, daughter Lisa; sons Gregor and Andrew, Berkeley, California / Third Born, 1958




Rosalie Julian and Connie Markoff, Brookline, Massachusetts
Four Young Girls, about 1907
Scott Bean, Near Fairlee, Vermont


Beverly Gill, Hamilton, Massachusetts