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img079 img080This 1980 publication A Century of Photographs 1846-1946 provides a glimpse into part of the ideas behind collecting photographs at that time, and it is a great overview into the history of photography from one of the Nation’s foremost museums, the Smithsonian Institute.

img083Of interest are also the people and curators behind these collections.

img084img085img081Not even with a digital camera would I like to attempt this photographic shot! There are certainly courageous shutterbugs out there, and we know more about the world of today because of these men who were there first and laid the groundwork.