REKHA WITH BEADS IN HER MOUTH.; 1978. The J. Paul Getty Museum

This week the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the National Gallery of Art in Washington got a big boost to their photography collections thanks to collectors Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser.


Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936

Gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 in., Gift of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser.

Thanks to the generous donation The Getty added 386 pieces from 17 different photographers to their collection including works from Mary Ellen Mark, Bruce Davidson, and Richard Misrach, while the National Gallery received 143 gelatin silver prints by Dorothea Lange.


Migratory Cotton Picker, Eloy, Arizona, 1940

Gelatin silver print, printed 1950s, 7 x 9 in., Gift of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser.

“While collecting is a mysterious endeavor, and living with the art is profound, the act of gifting is a joyous and wonderful moment in time,” Daniel Greenberg said in a press release. “As Susan and I begin a new chapter in our lives, and after decades of acting as temporary stewards for these photographs, we are excited that now is the time that we can share some of the best works we have owned with the public.”

The gifts were the largest that the two collectors have made to date.


Salton Sea, 1983

Color coupler print, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Gift of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser.