Facing West: Camera Portraits from the Bancroft Collection

Exhibit - Photography | November 29, 2018 – March 15, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Bancroft Gallery

 Human Resources

The first part of a double exhibition celebrating the tenth anniversary of the renewed Bancroft Library and its gallery, Facing West 1 presents a cavalcade of individuals who made, and continue to make, California and the American West. These camera portraits highlight the communities and peoples of Hubert Howe Bancroft’s original collecting region, which extended from the Rockies to the Pacific Islands and included Mexico and Central America. They represent photographic techniques, formats, and genres from the
Gold Rush era to the present, from the daguerreotype to the digital, from the panoramic to the personal, and from the studio to the street. In them we see ourselves and others through time, light, and lens.

Portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Muhammad Ali and Albert Einstein are on display. These famous faces — along with the everyday people who make up the fabric of the West — are part of a stunning new portrait exhibit at The Bancroft Library.