Time is running out on this exhibit.  But if you are in the Phoenix area and have some free time during the holidays it is well worth visiting.  The Phoenix Art Museum has a partnership with the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ to exhibit some of the 3.8 million archival items and 80,000 fine prints in their collection.

The Face to Face, 150 Years of Photographic Portraiture exhibit runs until January 10, 2010.  It is not a huge exhibit with about 70 portraits.  But it includes work by some well known portrait photographers such as Edward Weston, Alfred Stieglitz, and Diane Arbus.  The exhibit presents early portraiture from the 1800s up to modern times.  It is a very well done display of some of the best of the best when it comes to portrait photography and well worth a trip to the Phoenix Art Museum.

As a bonus, the museum itself is a piece of art.  It is a modern building with lots of concrete, glass and steel.  The lines and structure of the building are a great compliment to the art it houses.  I did not get a chance to photograph the museum or its grounds on this visit, but I plan to go back to see what kind of images I can capture.

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