Submitted by Camie on Mon, 11/04/2019

The Lamar Dodd School of Art is pleased to announce the School’s Photograph Collection, which has been a part of the curriculum at the Dodd for 50 years, was moved to the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, one of three special collections libraries at the University of Georgia.

Lamar Dodd School of Art Professor Emeritus W. Robert Nix began assembling the photo collection in 1969 to provide opportunities for art students to have hands-on familiarity with examples of historic photographic processes, materials, and equipment. “As our culture becomes increasingly saturated with photographic images whose differences are neutralized by reproduction and through screens, encounters with these material, hand-crafted objects can be revelatory,” said Dr. Alisa Luxenberg, Professor of Art History.

With the move, students and faculty will continue to interact with the items during classes at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, while researchers from across the nation also have the opportunity to view the photographs, which date from the early 1840s to the mid-20th century.

From cased images of daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes to large silver albumen trips of Grand Tour sites, small, wildly fashionable carte-de-visite portraits to large, one-of-a-kind platinum and gum prints, the collection demonstrates how photography as a process and art form has evolved over time.

“This move furthers the School of Art’s commitment to research. It is our hope that this resource that has been solely accessible to the students of the Dodd can now be shared with students across UGA and beyond,” said Chris Garvin, professor and Director of the Lamar Dodd School of Art.

For more information on the Collection, please contact Lindsey Reynolds at