Keith F. Davis

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Keith F. Davis (born 1952) is an American photography curator, collector, and the author of several books on photography.[1]

Between 1979 and 2005, Davis built the Hallmark Photographic Collection, spanning the history of American photography.[1] [2] In December 2005, the collection was donated to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.[3][4][5] At that time, the collection consisted of 6,500 images by 900 artists, with an estimated market value of $65 million. Since then, Davis has been the Senior Curator of Photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.[6]


  • The Origins of American Photography. Yale University Press, 2007.[7]
  • An American Century of Photography: From Dry-Plate to Digital, The Hallmark Photographic Collection.


  1. ^ a b Dykstra, Jean (January–February 2013). "The Curators". Photograph. Archived from the original on 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  2. ^ Interview with Keith F. Davis
  3. ^ Shattuck, Kathryn (2006-02-18). "For a Dear Museum: Love, Hallmark". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  4. ^ The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art - Photography Collection
  5. ^ Heffley, Lynne (2006-01-14). "Nelson-Atkins gets Hallmark photos". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  6. ^ Keith F. Davis Named Senior Curator of Photography
  7. ^ "The Origins of American Photography". Yale University Press. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 

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