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Jessica S. McDonald: New Chief Curator of Photography

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Updated: Monday, December 16, 2013
Ransom Center

Austin, TX


The Ransom Center Collection is home to more than 5 million images and negatives. The Helmut and Allison Gernsheim collection, a massive collection of work that traces the history of photography, are also within the Ransom Center's holdings as are a host of photographic texts, manuscripts, journals, and memorabilia. Beyond the historic timeline of the media provided through the Gernsheim collection is a focus on photojournalism and documentary photography.

The Ransom Center's holdings will be put to effective use with McDonald as Chief Curator, and as the Director, Thomas F. Staley states, "The possibilities under her guidance are exciting" (Ransom Center Release). McDonald is currently with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Her experience is far-reaching, from teaching to curatorial, as are her ties. McDonald has affiliations with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Visual Studies Workshop, and George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.

For more information on the appointment, please visit the Ransom Center

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