The Kinsey Institute photography collection contains more than 80,000 prints and negatives dating from the 1850s to the present. Most of these photographs were produced in the United States, Europe (Britain, France, Germany, Italy), and Asia (Japan, China). The collection is a valuable resource for students in Indiana University's School of Fine Arts as well as for scholars from around the world.
Within the Institute's holdings are several important special collections:
Fine Art Photography
The collection contains representative works of numerous fine art photographers, including Irving Penn, Arnold Newman, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jerry Uelsmann, Herb Ritts, Ralph Gibson, Clarence J. Laughlin, Naomi Harris, Barbara Nitke, Mariette Pathy Allen, Al Urban, Judy Dater, Rick Castro, Laura Aguilar, Len Prince, Dianora Niccolini, Sam Wang, and Joel-Peter Witkin.
Documentary Photography Collection
The bulk of the collection contains photographs both by anonymous and named photographers and studios, as well as by amateur photographers, that serve to document artistic and popular representations of the human body and of variant sexual behaviors.
The 47,842 cataloged photographs in the documentary photograph collection are arranged categorically by model position or sexual act and then by chronology. There are an equal number of uncataloged photographs.
Catalog records for the art, artifacts, and photography collections are currently being added to KICAT, the online catalog for The Kinsey Institute library and special collections. This project is ongoing, so researchers are advised to contact the Institute's curator about holdings. Use of these collections is by appointment only. For information or access please contact Curator Catherine Johnson-Roehr.« Return to Arts, Artifacts, & Photography
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