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"Landscape," 3 x 5 feet, by Kathy Sherman Suder

In this age of camera phones and Instagram, photos of your high school bestie’s baby on Facebook and Twitter pics of last night’s Szechuan dinner, our relationship with photography has become a bit distorted.

But Big Pictures, a new exhibit of more than 40 large-scale works at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, might change your perspective. From 19th-century mammoth plate prints to Ansel Adams’s grand vistas a century later, the oversize images run the gamut in scope and technique.

We asked its curator, Katherine Siegwarth, to bring the show into focus.

PureWow: What constitutes a large-scale photograph?

Katherine Siegwarth: For a photograph from the 19th century, it would be anything bigger than a five-by-seven. But of the more contemporary photographs in the exhibit, the largest--Vera Lutter's Grace Building XII: March 12, 2005--is over 8-feet tall.

PW: What’s one of your favorite pieces from the show?

KS: One that’s impressive is Dallas-based photographer Misty Keasler’s Magic Mountain, Payatas Garbage Dump, Manila, The Philippines, a photograph of men scavenging for metal and wires. Often, images are more tightly cropped, but here [because of the photographer’s high vantage point] we’re invited to inspect every element.

PW: What do you hope visitors get out of the exhibit?

KS: That they’ll stop and look and pay attention. Through the larger format, the artists have changed how we view photography.

“Big Pictures” runs through April 21 at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.; 817-738-1933 or

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