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Thursday, Apr 10, 2014

Extensive Photography Collection Gifted to The Hyde by George Stephanopoulos

The Hyde Collection is proud to announce it has been gifted an extensive photography collection by significant American and international photographers. Donated by George Stephanopoulos in perpetuity, this transformational gift enhances the Museum’s photography collection and adds a significant component to its world-class holdings of fine art.       

“We have been hopeful of making additions to our photography holdings, but did not imagine that such a significant group of work might come into the collection at one time,” said Hyde director Charles A. Guerin. “The great breadth of photography history as well as the variety of national origins represented by this generous gift by Mr. Stephanopoulos makes this a truly exciting and important moment for the growth of our permanent collection.”

imageTotaling one hundred twenty-eight images, the works are by the following photographers: Ilse Bing, American, b. Germany (1899-1998); Henri Cartier-Bresson, French (1908-2004); William E. Dassonville, American (1879-1957); Mike Disfarmer, American (1884-1959);  Larry Fink, American (b. 1941); Mario Finocchiaro, Italian (1920-1999); Leonard Freed, American (1929-2006); Yousuf Karsh, Canadian (1908-2002); Jeannette Klute, American (1918-2009); Leon Levinstein, American (1910-1988); Joel Meyerowitz, American (b. 1938); Michael A. Smith, American (b.1942); Karl Struss, American (1886-1981); and Garry Winogrand, American (1928-1984).

When asked about his gift to The Hyde, Mr. Stephanopoulos stated, “Our whole family is thrilled that this collection has found the perfect home. Knowing these images will be seen and valued makes us very happy.”

George Stephanopoulos is anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America”, anchor of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos”, and chief political correspondent for the network. He has served as the senior advisor for policy and strategy to President Clinton, and is a former professor of government at Columbia University. Stephanopoulos received his Master’s degree in theology from Balliol College, Oxford University, England, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Image credit:

Larry Fink, American, b. 1941, New Year’s Eve Party, American Legion, Bangor, December 1979, 1979, vintage gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 inches, Gift of George Stephanopoulos and Family, The Hyde Collection, 2013.6.40 @1979

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