Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


  • Likeness: Portrait Photographs from the Collection
  • 04-Oct-1980 - 23-Nov-1980
  • Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

The first great impact of photography was not in science or in creating a totally new art form, but in democratizing the tradition of portraiture. for centuries the portrait was luxury primarily limited to the wealthy elite. Suddenly, little more than a decade after photography's introduction in 1839, anyone who could afford a quarter dollar could have an intensely real daguerreotype portrait of himself or a loved one.