Nobody/Somebody presents photographs of people, some anonymous, others famous, selected from the collection, including recently donated work by Donna Ferrato, Larry Fink, Ralph Gibson, Walter Iooss, Alen MacWeeney, Kenji Nakahashi, David Seltzer, and Peter Turnley. Highlights from the Museum’s collection also include Christopher Barnes, Darryl Curran, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Lotte Jacobi, Tamarra Kaida, Henri-Jacques Lartigue, Tod Papageorge ’62, Gerda Peterich, Jo Sandman, Bonnie Schiffman, Robert von Sternberg, Andy Warhol, and Minor White.
The subjects in Nobody/Somebody include powerful portraits, ordinary moments, and extraordinary events representing a range of emotions with an emphasis on empathy and vulnerability. The photographs are organized thematically around four social justice topics: race and ethnicity, gender and identity, migration and immigration, and ability. The fluid groupings allow visitors to make associations and connections from the images and experiences depicted to the present day.
In the act of photographing peoples’ likenesses and paying notice to their circumstances, these photographers recognize that people are inspiring, engrossing, that everyone is somebody and worthy of our attention.