The Art and Science of Early Photography

'Untitled Portrait of Two Children'

Nineteenth-Century Invention

The Ira Wolff Photographic History Collection, held in Special Collections, features 14,000 original photographs and publications.  The collections' focus on nineteenth-century photography provides students and researchers with a major resource with which to study the history of photography. 

With early examples of photographic technologies developed by Henry Fox Talbot, Louis Daguerre, and Adolphe-Alexandre Martin, to name only a few of these early inventors, the Ira Wolff Collection sheds light on the interrelationship of scientific knowledge and artistic expression in the new medium.