Exhibitions selected from the Crocker's collections of prints, drawings, and photographs are among the shows on view on a rotational basis in the Anne and Malcolm McHenry Works on Paper Study Center, located on the Museum's second floor.
The collection surveys the history of the medium, from the daguerreotype to recent digital innovations, and embraces a wide range of subjects and artists. Represented alongside international figures such as David Octavius Hill, Robert Adamson, Francis Frith, and André Kertész are seminal figures in American photography, including Harry Callahan, Imogen Cunningham, and Minor White. A major gift of Marion Post Wolcott's prints enhances the Museum's holdings of the Farm Security Administration photographers, including Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Wright Morris.
Newer acquisitions include works by Chris McCaw, Tracey Snelling, Daniel Kasser, and Lewis deSoto. The Western landscape and environment captured by 19th- and 20th-century photographers is represented by the work of Carleton E. Watkins, Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Richard Misrach, Robert Adams, and Lewis Baltz, among others.