Looking Abroad: Photography, Tourism, and Empire, 1870-1920

October 24, 2022 to June 9, 2023


Special Collections | Wilson 6
Black and white photograph of the Sphinx in Egypt.

Why were early travel photographs made? What larger stories do they tell, and what are the challenges to interpreting them? This exhibition of materials from Archives & Special Collections explores the larger social and political context of photographs created as tourist souvenirs or to promote travel at the height of Western colonialism.

The exhibition will be available for viewing in Special Collections (Wilson 6th floor) Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 4:00pm or by appointment (closed weekends and holidays). A corresponding digital exhibit can be viewed online as well. 

For more information or to inquire about group/class visits to view the exhibit, please contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Taylor (taylo213@wwu.edu | (360) 650-3097).