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The FJJMA's photography collection celebrates the history of the medium. The collection was precociously begun in 1937, when Oscar Jacobson, the museum's director, acquired for the fledgling museum three photographs by Edward Weston. In 1942, Jacobson added to this nucleus two more photographs by Weston.


The period of most rapid growth for the photography collection was the 1970s and early 1980s, during the directorship of Sam Olkinetzky, with the particular guidance of Edwin J. "Jim" Deighton, then the museum's assistant director and, himself, a photographer. During this time, prices were affordable because the market for photography was still nascent, and important examples by major photographers from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries were acquired.


The collection has grown to almost thirteen hundred prints. Particular strengths include 26 vintage photographs by Berenice Abbott and 27 by W. Eugene Smith. Recently, the FJJMA Museum Association has given prints by Michael Kenna, while well-known photography collectors Richard and Ellen Sandor of Chicago have donated vintage works by Bill Brandt, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Edward S. Curtis, André Kertész, W. Eugene Smith, and James VanDerZee, Garry Winogrand, and others.

Due to the size of our permanent collection, we are unable to display every work at all times. Prior to visiting the museum, please e-mail us or call (405) 325-3450 to inquire about a specific work’s current status.


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aerial view of New York at night

Berenice Abbott

New York at Night

print of tall trees in Aspen, small tree infront, to left, of trees

Ansel Adams

Aspen, New Mexico

black/white image, men paving the street

Eugene Atget

Street Paver

black and white image, portrait of a female, white background

Cecil Beaton


black and white image, woman singing inside Cabaret, accordian player gazing up at her, couple sitting at table in background

Brassai (Gyula Halaz)

Kiki and Her Accordion Player at Cabaret des Fleurs, Montparnesse Boulevard, Paris


black and white image, weed in the shape of a Y

Harry Callahan

Weed Against Sky

male spanish fighter falling down dead

Robert Capa

Spanish Loyalist Falling Dead (Spanish Civil War)

land covered with shrubs, clouds swirled as though a storm is coming

Paul Caponigro

New Mexico Landscape

landscape covered in snow

William Clift

Snow, Sandia Foothills, New Mexico



black/white image, front of street shop, cart sitting out front

Berenice Abbott

Christopher Street Shop

black/white image, young mother sitting on hammock feeding child

Emilio Amero

Fourteen Year Old Mother

black and white image, two large windows, view from outside of building, curtains closed, can't see inside windows

Lewis Baltz


yellow toned, temple of jupiter, falling apart

Felix Bonfils

Temple of Jupiter, Baalbek

black and white image, woman leaning against the railing, daydreaming

Manuel Alvarez Bravo

The Daydream



black and white image, nude woman standing with her back to the camera, left leg bent to create a 4 shape with her legs

Harry Callahan

Eleanor, Chicago


scene from a play, three men around a desk, man in middle sitting, on left leaning onto desk, on right standing up

Robert Capa

A Scene from Konstantine Simonov’s play “The Russian Question”

black/white image, edward hopper standing

Berenice Abbott

Edward Hopper

woman in her shower, panty hose hanging everywhere
image of sanded field, cross over top of image

Thomas F. Barrow

From the series Cancellations

black and white image, man playing piano, pitcher sitting on piano, clock behind him

Bill Brandt

Charlie Brown’s East End London Pub

black and white image, solstice bird

Marilyn Bridges

Solstice Bird


headshot of Sir John Herschel

Julia Margaret Cameron

Sir John Herschel (from life)

opening from surrounding of rock walls, sun shining through

Paul Caponigro

Enchanted Mesa, Acoma, New Mexico


sheep crossing through a mountain

William Clift

Sheep & Petroglyphs, Canyon del Muerto, Arizona