Eugene Atget, Bar de Cabaret,
silver gelatin print, 1910, 10" x 8"
Donated by Martin S. Ackerman Foundation
The MMAC Photographic Collection includes photography as fine art, documentary photographs, historic Missoula photographs, and Hollywood film stills.The historic Missoula photos include many 19th century photographs related to the history of The University of Montana, the settlement of Missoula, agricultural use of the Bitterroot Valley, and panoramic views of the broader region from the Dr. Caroline McGill Collection.
The collection includes "Their Eyes Tell Everything," an important archive of Montana Chippewa-Cree photographs from the Rocky Boy Reservation spanning the years 1906-1945. A second portfolio of early 20th century photographs documenting Crow Indians was taken by Fred Miller.
20th and 21st century work is represented by Berenice Abbot, Eugene Atget, William Eggleston, Philippe Halsman, George Hurrell, Jay Jaffee, and Louis Stettner, among others. Montana photographers include Richard Buswell, Dudley Dana, and Dennis Kern.