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Weston Naef has resigned from his position as Senior Curator of Photography at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Judith Keller will be the interim head of the photography department as the museum launches a search for Naef’s replacement.
In his position at the Getty, Naef was one of the two or three most important photography curators in the country. He leaves the post after having built the museum’s photography department into a world-class facility.
The Getty burst onto the scene as a photographic powerhouse in 1984. Under Naef’s guidance, the museum acquired a number of noted private collections. With those acquisitions, the museum’s collection grew instantly to 25,000 items. According to the museum, the collection now includes 100,000 items, including 19th century work by William Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, Roger Fenton, and Gustave LeGray, as well as 20th century material.–David Schonauer