Inside-Out

It's easy to walk right through this small gallery sampling--about two dozen portraits--from the Henry's permanent photography collection without pausing. Images date from the 19th century to '80s Polaroids, almost all in black-and-white. Imogen Cunningham is represented, along with Nan Goldin, Andy Warhol (a series of five small color Polaroids), and Aleksandr Rodchenko. All the subjects are posed, some laboriously, since early photographic processes required such long exposures. Only the Warhol series, of Seattle collector Jane Lang Davis, has even a trace of movement; and those were taken back in 1976. The entire show is a static reminder of how much photography has changed in the past few decades: First came digital, then ubiquitous cell phone cameras, and now the very notion of sitting for a portrait seems archaic. But there is still a value in stillness, in waiting, no matter how much effort it might require of visitors to stop in their tracks and inspect these calm faces. BRIAN MILLER

Thursdays, Fridays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Starts: July 2. Continues through Oct. 25, 2009

 
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