At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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Dorothea Lange, <em>Migrant Mother</em>
Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother

Meet the two women behind this iconic 1936 photograph.

The first modern photograph?
The first modern photograph?

Was this the first modern photograph? Alfred Stieglitz's The Steerage

Sebastião Salgado’s Kuwait
Sebastião Salgado’s Kuwait

Finding heroism amidst one of the earth's most destructive environmental disasters

Roger Minick, <em>Woman with Scarf at Inspiration Point, Yosemite National Park</em>
Roger Minick, Woman with Scarf at Inspiration Point, Yosemite National Park

The majesty of Yosemite National Park—with Roger Minick and the woman with the scarf.

Stéphane Couturier, <em>Fenetre, Eastlake Greens, San Diego</em>
Stéphane Couturier, Fenetre, Eastlake Greens, San Diego

Building the American dream in the California desert.

Carleton Watkins, Eagle Creek, Columbia River
Carleton Watkins, Eagle Creek, Columbia River

Business or pleasure? Carlton Watkins could photograph both beautifully.

Miguel González, <em>The Virgin of Guadalupe</em>
Miguel González, The Virgin of Guadalupe

The original image of the Virgin of Guadalupe was miraculously produced—this mother-of-pearl version was man-made.

Paul Gauguin, <em>The Red Cow</em>
Paul Gauguin, The Red Cow

Cropped figures, vivid hues, and unnatural light turn a humdrum pastoral scene into an act of aesthetic rebellion.

René Magritte, <em>The Treachery of Images (Ceci n’est pas une pipe)</em>
René Magritte, The Treachery of Images (Ceci n’est pas une pipe)

This painting claims it is not a pipe… so what is it?

Alfred Stieglitz, <em>The Steerage</em>
Alfred Stieglitz, The Steerage

Though this photograph could be seen as a searing social commentary, its maker preferred to view it as fine art.

The Ardabil Carpet
The Ardabil Carpet

This wool carpet was woven for a shrine. Its dense design contains geometric patterns, floral motifs—and two lamps.