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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.c[3][4] 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.[5]


  • An American Century of Photography: From Dry-Plate to Digital, The Hallmark Photographic Collection. Harry N Abrams, 1995. ISBN 978-0810919648
  • The Origins of American Photography. Yale University Press, 2007. ISBN 9780300122862.[6]
  • The Life and Work of Sid Grossman. Howard Greenberg Library/Steidl: Göttingen, 2017. ISBN 978-3958291256.[7]


  1. ^ a b Dykstra, Jean (January–February 2013). "The Curators". Photograph. Archived from the original on 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-08-06.
  2. ^ "An Interview with Keith F. Davis, Part 1: It's Not a Normal Job". 2016-08-30. Retrieved 2020-11-05.
  3. ^ The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art - Photography Collection Archived 2013-08-21 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Heffley, Lynne (2006-01-14). "Nelson-Atkins gets Hallmark photos". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
  5. ^ "Keith F. Davis Named Senior Curator of Photography" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-08-06.
  6. ^ "The Origins of American Photography". Yale University Press. Retrieved 2013-08-06.
  7. ^ "The Life and Work of Sid Grossman - Sid Grossman - Publications - Howard Greenberg Gallery".

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