Past Exhibitions

Photograph Collections

Long Gallery

In the Shadow of the Pyramids: Laura El-Tantawy
Long Gallery
The Long Gallery (ground floor) showing the exhibition
'Disciples of a Crazy Saint' (2010–11)
14 September – 5 October 2014

Points of Departure: Photography from Senegal by Mamadou Gomis and Judith Quax
12 May – 7 September 2014

Surviving Tsunami: Photographs in the Aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake
8 October 2013 – 27 April 2014

Andrea Stultiens: The Kaddu Wasswa Archive
23 February – 8 September 2013

Christian Thompson: We Bury Our Own
26 June 2012 – 17 February 2013

The Nature of Curious Objects:
Sue Johnson's Paper Museum
24 January – 10 June 2012

People Apart: Cape Town Survey 1952
Photographs by Bryan Heseltine
19 July 2011 – 8 January 2012

Disciples of a Crazy Saint: The Buchen of Spiti.
Photographs by Patrick Sutherland
9 December 2010 – 3 July 2011

The Burial of Emperor Haile Selassie:
Photographs by Peter Marlow
22 April – 21 November 2010 (pdf)

Caro
lyn Drake:
Photographs of Central Asia
14 May – 15 November 2009 (extended to 28 February 2010)(pdf)

Studio Cameroon: The Everyday Photography of
Jacques Touselle

9 November 2007 – 30 June 2008 (pdf)

 

Archive Case

Star House Pole: Early Images of the Haida Totem Pole in the Pitt Rivers Museum
Archive Case
The archive display case (first floor) showing 'The Last Samurai'
(2011)
9 June – 28 September 2014

Royalty and Religion: Photographs of Late Nineteenth-Century Thailand
13 January – 26 May 2014

A Gujarati Family at the Studio of Jehangir S. Tarapore
9 September 2013 – 5 January 2014

Travels in Finland and Bosnia-Herzegovina: An Ethnographic Collection of Sir Arthur Evans
29 April – 1 September 2013

Brazil, Chile, Peru, 1829–1832: A Naval Surgeon's costumbrismo Collection
21 January – 21 April 2013

Documenting Pitt-Rivers: New Acquisitions
10 September 2012 – 6 January 2013

Reading the Ruins: Alfred Maudslay and the Maya
Site of Quirigua, Guatemala

16 April – 2 September 2012


The Colonial Album
9 January – 8 April 2012

A Pioneer of Prehistory: Dorothy Garrod and the Caves of
Mount Carmel

26 September 2011 – 8 January 2012 (pdf)

The Last Samurai: Jacques-Philippe Potteau's Photographs
of the Japanese Missions to Europe, 1862 and 1864

11 April – 18 September 2011

Among the Pueblos: John K. Hillers (1843–1925),
Photographer of the American Southwest
22 November 2010 – 27 March 2011(pdf)

G. D. Aked: Photographs of East Asia, 1937–8
19 July – 14 November 2010 (pdf)

Albania and the Balkans: Drawings and Photographs
from the Edith Durham Collection
1 February – 4 July 2010

John Bradford: Pioneer of Landscape Archaeology
2 October 2009 – 31 January 2010(pdf)

Across the Caucasus: Photographs and Manuscripts from the John F. Baddeley Collection
1 May – 29 September 2009 (pdf)

The Persian Photographs of Antoin Sevruguin
7 April – 29 June 2008

Photo-icons: Religious Images from Romania
27 September – 20 December 2004

Congo Journey: Photographs and Documents from Robert Hottot’s Expedition to Central Africa, 1908–9
21 June – 26 September 2004

We Are the People: People and Things (postcards from the collection of Tom Phillips)
4 March – 20 June 2004

Wilfred Thesiger: Prints and Albums
8 December 2003 – 29 February 2004

Prince Roland Bonaparte's Omaha Portraits,1886
23 August – 7 December 2003

Other photography exhibitions

Special Exhibition
The Special Exhibition Gallery showing' Wilfred Thesiger in
Africa' (2010–11). Photograph by Adrian Arbib
The Pitt Rivers Museum has curated a number of exhibitions from its collections and by contemporary photographers from the 1980s. These were usually held at the Museum’s Balfour Building on Banbury Road, but occasionally at the main museum site in the old temporary exhibition space, which was dismantled in 2008. The list below relates to exhibitions held at the Museum, and does not include exhibitions elsewhere to which photographs were loaned. We hope to make further information and related resources about these exhibitions available on this webpage in due course.

Wilfred Thesiger in Africa: A Centenary Exhibition
4 June 2010 – 5 June 2011

Wilfred Thesiger’s Iraq, 1949–1958: Photographs of Travel
Fox Talbot Museum (National Trust), Lacock, 29 July – 21 October 2004; Pitt Rivers Museum, 18 December 2004 – 15 January 2006 (extended to 17 April 2006)

Seeing Lhasa: British Depictions of the Tibetan Capital, 1936–1947
7 September 2003 – 30 November 2004

Acts of Faith: Contemporary Brazilian Photography (Curated by PRM at Ashmolean Museum)
25 October 2001 – 3 February 2002

Our Man in Ladakh: Himalayan Photographs by Colonel R. C. F. Schomberg
September 2001 – July 2002

Ladakh: Himalayan Photographs by Karl-Einer Löfqvist
14 October 1999 – 15 April 2000

West African Journeys: 12 albums of photographs – Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo – by Michael Pennie
17 June – 18 September 1999

Pacific Islanders: Photographs by Evotia Tamua
19 March – 12 June 1999

Home of Signs and Wonders: A Photographic Work in Progress from Nigeria by Owen Logan
22 January – 10 April 1999

Imaginary Homecoming: Photographs by Jorma Puranen
27 November 1998 – 20 February 1999

Going Home: Continuity and Change in Modern Mongolia. Photographs by Barbara Hind
26 June – October 1998

Women’s Lives: An Ethnographic Journal (Photographs by Beatrice Blackwood)
March – June 1998

Arctic Lives: Photographs by Bryan Alexander
10 January – 15 March 1997

Native American Photographs: Nineteenth-Century Images from the Collections
18 May – 28 September 1996

Picturing Paradise: Colonial Photography in Samoa, 1875–1925 (touring exhibition)
18 May – 2 September 1995

Wilfred Thesiger’s Photographs: A “Most Cherished Possession”
16 June 1993 – 27 February 1994; touring venues thereafter.

Wamo. D’Entrecasteaux Island, New Guinea, 1911–1912: Photographs by Diamond Jenness
1 June 1991 ­– 23 May 1992

Tibet – A Great Mountain Land: Photographs by Sir Charles Bell, 1920-21
3 October 1987 – 27 February 1988

Images of China, 1908–1912 (Henry Laver Collection)
19 January – December 1985