ICP Director of Exhibitions and Collections Erin Barnett and Claartje van Dijk, assistant curator, collections, discuss the themes and images presented in Your Mirror: Portraits from the ICP Collection.

From nineteenth-century daguerreotypes to twenty-first-century selfies, portraiture has dominated the medium of photography. Drawn from ICP’s collection, Your Mirror surveys the nuanced ways people present themselves for the camera, how and by whom they are represented, and who is deemed worthy of commemoration.

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Erin Barnett is the Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the International Center of Photography. Her exhibitions include Your Mirror: Portraits from the ICP Collection (2019; co-curator); RFK Funeral Train: The People’s View (2018); Edmund Clark: The Day the Music Died (2018); The Loving Story: Photographs by Grey Villet (2012); President in Petticoats! Civil War Propaganda in Photographs (2012); Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945 (2011; co-editor of catalogue); Take Me to the Water: Photographs of River Baptisms (2011); Munkacsi’s Lost Archive (2009); and Amelia Earhart: Image and Icon (2007; co-curator and co-editor of catalogue).

Claartje van Dijk is assistant curator, collections at the International Center of Photography, where she conducts research on the over 150,000 historical and contemporary photos and objects in ICP’s Collection. She also manages, edits, and contributes to Fans in a Flashbulb, the ICP Collections blog. Van Dijk co-curated the exhibition Winning the White House: From Press Prints to Selfies (2016) and was a curator for Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change (2017). In 2018, she worked with Elliott Erwitt on his exhibition Elliott Erwitt: Pittsburgh 1950.

Image: Weegee, [Frank Pape, arrested for strangling boy to death, New York], November 10, 1944. International Center of Photography, Weegee Archive (2068.1993). © Weegee/International Center of Photography