Past Present Future: Building Photography at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), September 7, 2018 – March 17, 2019.

“The New Orleans Museum of Art announced the largest and most significant single gift of photographs in the institution’s history, a promised bequest of over 1,300 photographs from the private collection of Tina Freeman. Over the past forty years, Freeman, former curator of photographs at NOMA (1977-1982), noted photographer, and longtime supporter of the museum, has brought together a comprehensive collection of 350 photographers dating from the 1840s to today, ranging from works by photography pioneers Hill & Adamson, to vintage prints by Eugene Atget, Richard Avedon, Ilse Bing, Margaret Bourke-White, Lewis Hine, Dorothea Lange, Sally Mann, Irving Penn, Alfred Stieglitz, Doris Ullman, William Wegman, and Edward Weston. This promised gift also marks the occasion of the centennial of NOMA’s first photography exhibition and the Tricentennial of the city of New Orleans. A selection of 23 works from Freeman’s promised gift are featured in the exhibition Past Present Future: Building Photography at the New Orleans Museum of Art.” — NOMA

Charles A. Zimmerman (American, 1844-1909). Minne-Ha-Ha, Winter, ca. 1867. Albumen silver print. Gift of Tina Freeman and Philip Woollam

Auguste Salzmann (French, 1824-1872). Jérusalem. Enceinte du Temple. Vue générale de la face Sud 2, 1856. Salted paper print. Gift of Tina Freeman and Philip Woollam

Charles Job (British, 1853-1930). Pier, 1912. Gum bichromate print. Gift of Tina Freeman and Philip Woollam

Barnard Shea. Horne Design, c. 1916. Platinum print. Museum purchase, Tina Freeman Photography Fund 2018.12

Ilse Bing (American, born Germany, 1899-1998). St. Christophe – Trees Silhouettes, 1932. Gelatin silver print. Gift of Tina Freeman and Philip Woollam

Julia Margaret Cameron (British, 1815-1879). Julia Jackson from “Mrs. Cameron’s Photographs from the Life”. Album of albumen silver prints. Gift of Tina Freeman and Philip Woollam 2017.204.8.10

Margaret Bourke-White (American, 1904–1971). Chrysler Corporation, 1932. Gelatin silver print. Promised bequest of Tina Freeman

Sutezo Otono. Untitled, c. 1930. Gelatin silver print. Museum Purchase with funds provided by George and Milly Denegre 2016.52

Ralston Crawford. Nets, Black Wall, Croix-de-vie, 1957. Gelatin silver print. Gift of John Crawford 2017.257.2.2

Joel Levinson. Fractions, 1979. Gelatin silver print. Gift of Mark Levinson 2017.256.13

David Levinthal. Untitled, (from the series Space), 1988. Dye diffusion transfer color print. Gift of an Anonymous Donor 2017.231.20

“Tina Freeman began collecting in the early 1970s, at a time when many museums were not yet paying attention to photography,” said Russell Lord, Freeman Family Curator of Photographs at NOMA. “As a result of her prescient decision, her collection includes many priceless masterworks no longer available to museums and collectors today.” 

Images courtesy New Orleans Museum of Art.