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Sun and Silver: Photography Before Statehood

Sun and Silver: Photography Before Statehood exhibits a selection of images by twelve photographers who recorded the land, people, events, and places of Oklahoma and Indian Territories. From well known professional traveling and studio photographers, to the lesser-known amateur photographers, this exhibit is an exploration of photographic images before statehood.

Sun and Silver also highlights early photographic equipment and processes, including images on mirror-like, silver-coated copper surfaces known as daguerreotypes; fragile glass negatives for wet-plate photography; and unique, blue-toned cyanotypes. 

The exhibit opened Friday, October 1, and will be on display in the West Atrium Gallery for one year.


A cyanotype of Churchill and Mrs. Joseph A. Taff at the Wilson Springs Cabin in Sulphur, Indian Territory, c. 1901
(2153.5, Joseph F. Swords Collection, OHS).