Act of Sight: The Tsiaras Family Photography Collection - Exhibitions
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Act of Sight: The Tsiaras Family Photography Collection

William Tsiaras and Nancy Meyer Tsiaras, with Anna Fan, Anthony W. Lee, Charles Traub, Diana Tuite, Elizabeth Finch, Jan Howard, Ken Sichel, Laura Elizabeth Shea, Lyle Rexer, Roz Gerstein, Terri Weissman, Tanya Sheehan, Philip Tsiaras, and Vicki Goldberg

Hardcover, 9.75 x 12 in., 192 pp.


Corresponding Exhibition: Act of Sight: The Tsiaras Family Photography Collection 

Act of Sight commemorates a gift from the Tsiaras family amassed by William and Nancy Tsiaras of over four hundred photographs to the Colby College Museum of Art. Featuring images by key practitioners such as Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Clarence White, and Garry Winogrand, this collection presents a unique tour through the history of the medium and reflects the pedagogical mission of the collection’s home.

From his work as an academic opthamologist at Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, Dr. Tsiaras developed friendships with the photographers Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind, professors at the nearby Rhode Island School of Design who were also his patients. In a statement written for the book, Dr. Tsiaras reflects on the role photography played in his upbringing, and on his relationships with Callahan, Siskind, and the multimedia artist Lucas Samaras. The book also features essays devoted to the oeuvres of Callahan, Joe Deal, Samaras, Siskind, and David Vestal by experts in the field, while shorter pieces provide analysis of individual pictures by William Christenberry, Lee Friedlander, Lauren Greenfield, Russell Lee, Helen Levitt, Gyorgy Kepes, Igne Morath, and Parks.