The Kinsey Institute photograph collection contains more than 48,000 inventoried images from the United States, Europe (primarily Britain, France, Germany and Italy), and Asia that date from the mid-19th century to the present. The collection is a valuable resource for students in Indiana University's School of Fine Arts as well as for scholars from around the world.
Within the Institute's holdings are several important special collections:
Contemporary and Fine Art Photography
The collection also contains representative works of fine art and commercial photographers, such as Irving Penn, Arnold Newman, Douglass Kirkland, Clarence J. Laughlin, Andre de Dienes, John Alexander Scott Coutts, Al Urban, Judy Dater, Rick Castro, Leanne Schmidt, Sam Wang and Joel-Peter Witkin.
Documentary Photography Collection
The bulk of the collection contains photographs both by anonymous and named photographers and studios, as well as by amateur photographers, that serve to document artistic and popular representations of the human body and of variant sexual behaviors.
The 47,842 cataloged photographs in the documentary photograph collection are arranged categorically by model position or sexual act and then by chronology. There are an equal number of uncataloged photographs.
Catalog records for the art, artifacts, and photography collections are currently being added to KICAT, the online catalog for The Kinsey Institute library and special collections. This project is ongoing, so researchers are advised to contact the Institute's curator about holdings. Use of these collections is by appointment only. For information or access please contact Curator Catherine Johnson-Roehr.« Return to Arts, Artifacts, & Photography
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