Learn More About the Process Behind Beautiful Photos When You Check Out This Exhibit

Examine the way artists photograph groups they are not part of and explore how they navigate their identity as an outsider to an insular community at the latest exhibit to arrive at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art! This Saturday, check out "Looking In: Photography from the Outside,” which will be on view starting at 10:00 a.m.

20th-century books and magazines often employed artists to photograph unfamiliar communities and cultures for photo-essays, offering readers an opportunity to learn more about people they may never meet, but sometimes creating an implied dichotomy between the audience and subject. These images walk the line between privacy and ethics, raising complicated questions about perception, representation, and power.

“Looking In” provides an opportunity for visitors to encounter these questions through the presentation of six different series by artists who each approached their project in a different way. Drawing from Carter’s world-renowned photography collection, this exhibition features over 60 works by 20th-century artists Richard Avedon, Morris Engel, Laura Gilpin, Dorothea Lange, Danny Lyon, and Paul Strand.

The represented projects include Richard Avedon’s Hutterite images from In the American West; American photographer and cinematographer Morris Engel’s 1949 photographs of a Texas dairy farming family published in the "How America Lives" series for Ladies Home Journal; and images from pioneering photographer Paul Strand’s three years in Mexico following its 10-year civil war; and many more artists.

Each photographer found different and creative ways of navigating the sometimes-tricky dynamics of representing a community one is not part of. “Looking In” provides an opportunity for us to encounter these questions ourselves. An audio guide offers a different viewpoint, featuring the voices of local people who speak to these issues from their own experiences and perspectives.
"Looking In: Photography from the Outside" will be on display until May 10, 2020. Admission is free. For more information, please visit

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Event Time/Date:
Saturday, January 25, 2020—10:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, Texas 76107

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