The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, was one of the earliest museums in the country to collect photography, initiated in 1924 when Alfred Stieglitz donated twenty-seven of his photographs. Other strengths of the collection include daguerreotype portraits by Southworth and Hawes; sublime landscapes of the American West; turn of the century Pictorialist photographs; European and Central European photography from between the wars, including a large collection of photographs by Josef Sudek; and the…
Edward Steichen, was raised, and began his artistic training, in Milwaukee. He was later known for his era-defining photo portraits of celebrities, fashion models, and artists. this photo is one of his earliest works.
“A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography,” at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, reveals a monarch who quickly adopted a new art form and used it for her own purposes. Queen Victoria, May 15, 1860. Philip Gefter writes, “Fame may seem a 20th-century phenomenon, but Queen Victoria was the first public figure to exploit its promotional potential and the earliest — and least likely — international celebrity of the photographed world.”
Julia Margaret Cameron (11 June 1815 – 26 January 1879) was one of the most famous women photographers of the 19th century. She was given her first camera fairly late in life. What's more interesting is that quite a few of her portraits feature some of the most brilliant people from Victorian society, e.g. Charles Darwin, Alfred Lord Tennyson and George Frederic Watts. She was taking pictures during the early days of photography, so it's interesting to see such good shots from this time.