I’m still here! I just haven’t been shooting for fun lately. It’s been so hot and I’ve been lacking the incentive to go outside to take photos except for real estate shoots. I’m enjoying those, and I do a good job now. Practice makes perfect!

It seems we went from rain right into the summer heat waves. No Spring! Hopefully Autumn will be better. Last week we ended August at the Haggin Museum in Stockton California.

The outside was simple and pretty:

It was a lovely museum. The exhibits were well placed and accessible. The interior was sleek and very photographic.

We went there to see a black and white photography exhibit, Masters of American Photography, but we weren’t allowed to take pictures of it. The exhibit was outstanding! The collection featured images from Eadweard Muybridge, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and others spanning from the 1880s to 1980s.

Since shipbuilding is Stockton’s oldest industry a Stephens Bros. Boat Builders exhibit was locate in one of the galleries.

On loan from the Smithsonian Institute, an exhibit explored Dolores Huerta’s public life as an activist and showed the multi-ethnic aspects of the labor movement.

There was also an exhibit of J. C. Leyendecker’s work for magazine covers and advertisements. This gallery was cleverly placed in the hall spanning the entire circle upstairs.

The museum has three levels. The bottom level showed store fronts as they looked in Stockton’s early days.

They also had small galleries featuring rifles, etc. and American Indian items.

They also had vehicles, agricultural machinery, old fire engine and European Art. One of my favorites was the globe clock.

I also tried to shoot through glass windows without a tripod or polarizing filter!

And, a museum featuring famous photographers would miss a great marketing opportunity if they didn’t cater to photographers in their store!

I hope you enjoyed this visit!

5 thoughts on “It’s been a long time! The Haggin Museum, Stockton California

  1. I’d love to see the Masters of American photography… I love those old photos in black and white, taken with analogical cameras without so many features. There’s so much to learn about composition and light in those first photos! I sometimes feel I’m cheating with my super fancy digital camera and editing software, those were the real photographs!!
    I like the Kellogg’s children too, they look so cute 🙂

  2. Museums are always an adventure. I enjoy Manzanar on trips along the eastern Sierra, as well as the little, local ones, and the bigger well known ones. This looks like an especially interesting one, inside and out.

  3. It is interesting. I like the size, just large enough to see it in about 2 hours. I would love to visit Manzanar, but I looked it up and it’s a 5+ hour trip from Sacramento! You were talking about the Japanese internment camp?

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