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National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art
West Building, Ground Floor, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue
Washington, DC
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Since the introduction of photography in 1839, portraiture has been one of the most widely practiced forms of the medium. At the turn of 19th to 20th century some artists began to question whether a single image could adequately capture the complexity of an individual. Could an individual be portrayed from different perspectives and could it look completey different depending on which perspective was taken by the photographer. Arranged both chronologically and thematically, the exhibition features 153 works by 20 artists who photographed the same subjects - friends, family, and themselves - over the course of days, months, years to create some of the most provocative and revealing portraits of their time.