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Exhibitions: How Cabinet Cards Launched Modern Photography

By David Schonauer   Friday October 16, 2020

Through Nov. 1 the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Ft. Worth, Texas, is presenting “Acting Out: Cabinet Cards and the Making of Modern Photography,” an exhibition offering what the museum calls the first-ever in-depth examination of the photographic phenomenon of cabinet cards. Cabinet cards were America’s main format for photographic portraiture through the last three decades of the nineteenth century. They transformed getting one’s portrait made from a formal event taken up once or twice in a lifetime into a commonplace practice.

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