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Facing the Light Exhibit Preparation, by Unknown, c. 1978, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 78-10322-16A and 78-10322.16A.

September 21, 1978

The National Portrait Gallery opens its first research exhibition in photography, entitled Facing the Light: Historic American Portrait Daguerreotypes.More

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