Photography and New Media
Established in 1973, the Department of Photography and New Media is one of the nation’s premier collections of photographic media. Holding nearly 13,000 objects spanning the history of the medium and a wide range of technical processes, the collection serves as a dynamic resource for research, exhibition, publication, and programming. The department has particular depth in the areas of documentary and photojournalistic photography, is widely recognized for its collection of early fine art photography, and in recent years has strengthened its holdings of contemporary photography. Scholars, educators, and members of the public are encouraged to visit the department’s Study Room, where they may access the collection by appointment.
Browse the Collection
Since 2008, the department has expanded its holdings of global contemporary photography and new media. This initiative increases the accessibility of the photography collection to visitors and enhances links to Mia’s diverse collections. Above all, the department continues to acquire works that engage critically with social and cultural history.
Women and LGBTQIA2S+ Photographers
The department maintains a growing collection of works by women and artists identifying as LGBTQIA. Many photographs demonstrate the depth of the department’s holdings of historical photography, while contemporary works present new grounds for consideration.
Mia’s collection of photography is renowned for the quality and depth of its holdings, especially in works from the 20th century. The department serves as a rich resource for artists, scholars, and interested members of the public seeking to expand their knowledge of the medium and its history.
The Photographs Study Room
Because less than 1 percent of the Mia’s photography collection is on view in the galleries at any given time, the Photographs Study Room offers visitors the opportunity to view original photographs from the museum’s permanent collection. We welcome visitors with any level of expertise by appointment.
The Arnold and Augusta Newman Lecture Series
Thanks to generous support from the Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation, Mia is proud to host the annual Arnold Newman Lecture in Photography and New Media.
Mia’s Affinity Groups are a great way for museum members to connect more closely with special areas of art interest, allowing you to delve deeper into the curatorial area of your choice.
The restoration and conservation of artworks in Mia’s collection are ever-present concerns. Art Champions is a program that connects art lovers with artworks that require conservation to be displayed to the public.