NOMA celebrates its century-long relationship to photography with Past Present Future: Building Photography at the New Orleans Museum of Art. This three-part presentation will include first, a partial recreation of a groundbreaking 1918 show at the Delgado Museum of Art (later renamed the New Orleans Museum of Arrt), presenting vintage prints of photographs that were included in the original exhibition. The second component of the exhibition presents an impressive group of works acquired within the past seven years that demonstrate the museum’s commitment to expanding its representation of diverse cultural perspectives from around the globe. The final section will consist of works that have been promised to the institution, signaling how the collection will continue to grow into the future. Past Present Future, along with the recent release of a new book about the collection, Looking Again: Photography at the New Orleans Museum of Art, mark this important moment in the institution’s long relationship with photography, looking at its past with an eye towards its future.

Chrysler Corporation


Margaret Bourke-White

Gelatin silver print

Promised bequest of Tina Freeman

St. Patrick’s Cathedral


William Gordon Shields

Platinum print

Museum purchase, Tina Freeman Photography Fund


c. 1930

Sutezo Otono

Gelatin silver print

Museum purchase with funds provided by George and Milly Denegre

Portrait of a Girl from “Mrs. Cameron’s Photographs from the Life”

not dated

Julia Margaret Cameron

Albumen print

Gift of Tina Freeman and Philip Woollam



Joel Levinson

Gelatin silver print

Gift of Mark Levinson, 2017.256.13