Photographs of James L. Amos: Geographic, Illustrative, and Personal

Fish on floor of fishing boat
Arctic Char
c. 1983

January 28 – March 23, 2009

The photographs of James L. Amos are a celebration of art, life, geography and design. They show the connection between human beings and their world, and they revel in color and beauty. Renowned for his career as a National Geographic photographer, Amos’s images also reflect his strong interest in music, his extraordinary technical skills and craftsmanship, and something of his inner terrain.

Man rowing dinghy away from sailboat
Crewmember in yawl boat returns from visit to another skipjack
Chesapeake Bay
Keeping Time, Interlochen National Music Camp
World War One veterans
WWI Drum and Bugle Corps
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

Public Program

4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Artist’s Talk​: James L. Amos

A program of speakers, including Mr. Amos, is planned in cooperation with UMBC’s Department of Geography and Environmental Systems.​​


The Creative Photograph in Archaeology

Goesta Hellner
Erechtheion. Head of a Caryatid, 1970

September 10 – December 10, 2008

The Creative Photograph in Archaeology is an exhibition that brings together for the first time new ways of seeing archaeological sites, monuments and sculpture, from the invention of photography to the present day. The work of influential photographers such as Robertson, Konstantinou, Stillman, Boissonnas, Hege, List, Hellner and Mavrommatis show new tendencies in the representation of antiquities, and suggests a new way of seeing beyond the obvious — and revealing the creative presence of the photographer.

The exhibition is curated by Costis Antoniadis and is organized by Socratis Mavrommatis and the Benaki Museum in Athens, in collaboration with Fairfield University.

Dimitrios Konstantinou
The Arch of Hadrian from the west, ca. 1865
Dimitrios Konstantinou
The Odeion of Herodes Atticus from the southwest, ca. 1865
Wlliam James Stillman
The east pteron of the Parthenon from the south, 1869
Walter Hege
Erechtheion. The porch of the Caryatids, 1928-1929
Goesta Hellner
Kerameikos museum. Grave stele of Eupheros, 1964
Socratis Mavrommatis
Detail of a column drum of the west end of the Parthenon. Cracks made by cannon balls and bullets, 1982

Public Program

4:00 p.m.
October 22
Exhibition Tour led by Dr. Richard Mason, Ancient Studies, UMBC

Installation Views


Paradoxes of Modernism: Selections from the Photography Collections of UMBC

April 14 – June 29, 2008

Dramatic political, social, economic, and technological changes in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries inspired modernization throughout the world. In the arts, the movement called Modernism was one response to those changes, and in retrospect overarching characteristics of this very diverse movement have been identified. A survey of twentieth century images selected from UMBC’s Photography Collections provide evidence not only of those characteristics, but also some of the paradoxes of Modernism. This exhibition will present 75 photographs that will survey Modernism from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Photographs by: Bernice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Manuel Alvarez-Bravo, Jim Amos, Diane Arbus, A. Aubrey Bodine, Brassai, Richard Buswell, Harry Callahan, Michela Caudill, Chim, Imogen Cunningham, Cary Beth Cryor, Robert D’Alesandro, Judy Dater, William Eggleston, Elliot Erwitt, Walker Evans, Jan Faul, Robert Fichter, Eric Fischl, Robert Frank, Roland Freeman, Lee Friedlander, Sally Gall, Ralph Gibson, Mildred Grossman, Heinz Hajek-Halke, Philippe Halsman, Ralph Hattersly, Robert Heinecken, Eikoh Hosoe, Richard Jaquish, Barbara Kasten, Richard Kirstel, George Krause, David Lebe, Jenny Lynn, Ralph Meatyard, Ray Metzker, Martin Miller, Roger Miller, Lisette Model, Barbara Morgan, Joan Netherwood, Arnold Newman, Dorothy Norman, Starr Ockenga, Bart Parker, Gilles Peress, Irving Henry Phillips, Sr., David Plowden, Charles Pratt, August Sander, Jaromir Stephany, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Walter Rosenblum, Christian Schad, Aaron Siskind, Neal Slavin, Ralph Steiner, Paul Strand, George Andrew Tice, Philip Trager, Barbara Traub, Jerry Uelsmann, Edward Weston, Minor White, William Williams, Gary Winogrand, John Wood, Barbara Young.


The Black Panthers: Making Sense of History Photographs by Stephen Shames

Panthers line up at a Free Huey rally in DeFermery Park
Oakland, California
July 28, 1968.

January 28 – March 24, 2008

In 1967, the year after the Black Panther Party was founded by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale, Stephen Shames was invited to photograph party activities, and he continued to do so until 1973. His close friendship with the Panthers, and Seale in particular, gave Shames unusual access to the organization, allowing him to capture not only the public face of the Party—street demonstrations, protests, and militant posturing—but also unscripted behind-the-scenes moments, from private meetings held in the Party headquarters, to Bobby Seale at work on his mayoral campaign in Oakland. The immediacy and intimacy of Shames’s photographs offer an uncommonly nuanced portrait of this dynamic social movement, during one of the most tumultuous periods in recent U.S. history.

Angela Davis speaks at a rally in DeFremery Park for George Jackson and the other Soledad Brothers, who were on trial for the murder of a guard at Soledad Prison. Next to Davis is party member James Burford.
Oakland, California
George Jackson’s coffin is brought into St. Augustine’s Church.
Oakland, California
August 1971
At home, Huey P. Newton listens to Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited.
Berkeley, California

Public Program

4:00 p.m.
February 20

Talk: Stephen Shames

The presentation of this exhibition is supported by an arts program grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the Friends of the Library & Gallery and individual contributions.


Inge Morath: The Road to Reno

On the set of The Misfits
Reno, Nevada

10 September – 10 December 2007

This exhibition presents black and white and color photographs made by the Austrian-born Inge Morath, documenting an eighteen-day trip across the United States made with fellow Magnum photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson in 1960. The trip concluded with covering the filming of The Misfits, the motion picture starring Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe, in Reno, Nevada. Excerpts from Morath’s personal travel journal accompany the photographs which offer perspectives of America exotic even to most Americans.

The Road to Reno is a touring exhibition organized by the Inge Morath Foundation. Support for presentation of the exhibition at UMBC comes from an arts program grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the Friends of the Library & Gallery.

Exhibition Views


Highlights: Recent Acquisitions of the Photography Collections

April 10 – May 27, 2007 

This exhibition showcases nineteenth and twentieth century photographs acquired by UMBC’s Photography Collections over the last decade. Founded in 1974, the Photography Collections now hold more than 2 million images along with cameras and a library of books on photography and related subjects.

Photographs by Bernice Abbott, Jim Amos, Thomas Annan, Ken Ashton, Gary Auerbach, Edward Bafford, Tom Baril, Thomas Barrow, A. Aubrey Bodine, Edouard Boubat, Marilyn Bridges, John G. Bullock, Kristen Capp, Clarence Carvel, Michela Caudill, Larry Clark, Harold Edgerton, Peggy Fox, Roland Freeman, Sally Gall, Ralph Gibson, John Gutman, Ralph Hattersly, Richard Jaquish, Erica Lennard, Jenny Lynn, Stephen Marc, Mary Ellen Mark, Jill Mathis, John Blair Mitchell, Joel Meyerowitz, Gilles Peress, John Pfahl, Elliot Porter, Thomas J. Reaume, Ed Ross, David Seltzer, Ted Serios, David Seymour, Eve Sonneman, Raymond H. Starr, Jr., Jaromir Stephany, Pete Turner, David Yager.

The presentation of this exhibition is supported by an arts program grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the Friends of the Library & Gallery.


Celebrating Samuel Beckett at 100

Jane Brown. Portrait of Samuel Beckett, c. 1970s
© Jane Brown 2007, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

January 29 – March 24, 2007

Commemorate the centenary of Samuel Beckett, the leading twentieth century writer and dramatist, with Celebrating Samuel Beckett at 100. The Irish-born author, whose stirring texts in French and English were recognized by the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969, is considered by some the best writer of English since Shakespeare and the greatest French playwright since Molière. 

Curated by Angela Moorjani, Emerita Professor of French and Intercultural Pragmatics, in association with the Library Gallery, this show presents Beckett’s words and images as filtered through the imaginative work of a number of visual and stage artists. On view are select photographs, etchings, artist books, and rare editions of Beckett’s works. 

Etching titled The Myth by Charles Klabunde
Charles Klabunde (b. 1935)
The Myth
The Lost Ones, 1984
Etching on paper

Public Program

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
February 8, 2007

This public program will feature UMBC’s resident Beckettians: Xerxes Mehta, Angela Moorjani, and Wendy Salkind, in readings, performances, and discussions related to the works on display. 

Reception to follow 

Celebrating Samuel Beckett at 100 is supported by an arts program grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts. At UMBC support has also been generously provided by the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, the Departments of Modern Languages & Linguistics, Theater, and English, and the Humanities Forum. The reception is sponsored by the Friends of the Library & Gallery and the Libby Kuhn Endowment. 


Photographs of the Athenian Acropolis: The Restoration Project

The Acropolis viewed from the Pnyx, August 2002
Socratis Mavrommatis

January 29 – March 23, 2007

The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery is pleased to present Photographs of the Athenian Acropolis: The Restoration Project created by Socratis Mavrommatis, Chief Photographer of the Acropolis Restoration Service, documenting the interventions and transformations of Acropolis monuments since 1975. The exhibition, produced by the Acropolis Restoration Service of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, opened in Athens at the renowned Benaki Museum in 2002, and has traveled to Brussels, Paris, Rome, and London. The North American tour is organized by the Thomas J. Walsh Gallery, Fairfield University. The presentation at UMBC is co-organized by Associate Professor Richard Mason, Ancient Studies Department, and the Library Gallery.

Concurrent with Photographs of the Athenian Acropolis: The Restoration Project is The Glory of Ruins on display in the Library Rotunda and curated by a group of eight students taking part in an Ancient Studies/Honors College internship. This exhibition displays nineteenth and twentieth century photographs depicting classical Athens and Attica, all from the Special Collections of the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery.

The presentation of these exhibitions is supported by an arts program grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Additional support comes from the Friends of the Library & Gallery and the Ancient Studies Department.

Public Program

4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Exhibition Talk​: Katherine A. Schwab, Associate Professor of Art History at Fairfield University

Dr. Katherine A. Schwab will speak on The Parthenon East Metopes: Technologies of the 21st Century and New Discoveries.

Sponsored by the Humanities Forum with a reception to follow.


Reflections from the Heart: Photographs by David Seymour

Ingrid Bergman with Doves, 1952 (printed 2006)
Inkjet print from digital scan of original transparency
Courtesy of Ben Shneiderman

September 11 – December 10, 2006

Curated by Tom Beck and organized by the Library Gallery in collaboration with the Corcoran Museum of Art and the George Eastman House, the project provides the first real critical examination of imagery by the pioneering photojournalist David Seymour (Chim). This project will elevate the significance of work by Seymour, the least well-recognized master among the founders of Magnum Photos, and will better familiarize viewers with the symbolism and artistic roots of his imagery. A major publication on Seymour authored by Beck and published by Phaidon Press, Ltd. will accompany the show.

The exhibition is made possible by generous support from Ben Shneiderman. Additional support is provided by the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences, the Friends of the Library & Gallery, the Libby Kuhn Endowment, the Judaic Studies Program at UMBC, and Epson USA Inc.


Imprints: Photographs by David Plowden

September 16 – December 12, 1998

A retrospective exhibition of this major artist’s photographic career, Imprints features approximately 60 images representing forty years of chronicling the changing face of America. From small towns to cityscapes to railroads and bridges, David Plowden has devoted his career to memorializing the vestiges of Americas industrial and rural past. In his photographs, he explores the beauty, power, blight, and significance of these once commonplace icons and vistas — and captures the visual texture of a bygone America on the verge of vanishing.

A book, published by Bulfinch Press (1997) accompanies the exhibition. On Thursday, October 15 at 5:00 p.m. the artist will present a lecture about his work in conjunction with the show.

David Plowden
Church, Saline County, Missouri, 1974
Gelatin silver print

Public Program

5:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 15, 1998
Artist’s Talk: David Plowden

A reception will follow