In 1983 the museum made a long-range commitment to building a comprehensive collection of 19th and 20th century photographs. Although the museum held only two photographs then, the collection now includes more than 1,300 photographs, daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes. In 1995, a formal partnership established with the Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) resulted in the transfer of the permanent print collection developed by CPW to the Dorsky on extended loan. The CPW collection includes primarily contemporary work and is international in scope; it contributes significantly to the breadth of the museum's photographic holdings. This unique partnership, which includes collaborations with the university's programs in fine art photography and digital imaging is responsible for forging a strong and vital presence for the photographic arts in the region.
W. Eugene Smith, Untitled (from the Spanish Village series), 1951, Art Committee Purchase 1960.005
Joel Meyerowitz, Window, 1996, In Memory of Coach Robert J. Durkin 1997.024.001
Eduard J. Steichen, The Man that Resembles Erasmus, 1913, Gift of Howard Greenberg 1999.010.004
Danny Lyon, Cartagena, 1966, Gift of the Neaderland Family Trust 1966.001.001