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Sibylle Binder, 1932
Photographer: Trude Fleischman
Gelatin silver print, gift of
Michael and Joyce Axelrod
Collection of the
Museum of Photographic Arts
The Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, California, officially opened its doors to the public on May 1, 1983, as one of the first museum facilities in the United States designed exclusively to collect and present the world's finest examples of photographic art. Its traveling exhibitions have been seen worldwide.

MoPA has collected and displayed works from the entire history of the medium: daguerreotypes and albumen prints from the 19th century; pictorialism from the 1910s and 20s; master works from the mid-20th century and contemporary works and photojournalism by many of the best photographers working today.

In 1999, a four-fold expansion began. The museum is scheduled to re-open featuring a cinema component in March 2000.

Photographic, film and video are the central media of our age. Interpreting lens-based imagery, therefore, is essential to any understanding of our world.

Arthur Ollman, Director


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