The same photograph can mean very different
things. The Smithsonian American Art Museum's Helios presents multiple points of view about many
of the photographs on the site. Whenever you see one of these icons
with an image, click on it to view the associated feature. You can
also add your own personal point of view (PPOV)
about an image. Use the index
to navigate to any image on the site.
Foresta discusses some of her favorite images in the collection,
which pressage broad themes in photography.
Helios asked a number of scholars to share their thoughts about a particular
image, whether it depicts one of the earliest suspension bridges in America, as pictured in Charles Bierstadt's Niagara photograph, or biographical information about Doris Ulman as related by Pete Daniel and Deborah Willis.