Framing the West: The Survey Photographs of Timothy H. O'Sullivan

February 12, 2010 – May 9, 2010

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, West Floor Plan

Timothy H. O'Sullivan (1840-1882) spent six seasons between 1867 and 1874 in the mountain and desert west as photographer for government-sponsored geological surveys and expeditions led by Clarence King and Lt. George Wheeler. His photographs go beyond mere documentation of newly explored landscapes; they show a forthright and rigorous style formed in response to the American West. This first major look at O'Sullivan's photographs in more than 25 years features more than 80 of his photographs and sterographs and explores the artist's images, the conditions under which they were made, the influences that shaped his work, and his continuing influence on American photography.


Presented in collaboration with the Library of Congress.