Accompanying Image / Photo Example: 

Berenice Abbott, Under the El at the Battery, 1932, Gelatin Silver Print, 16 x 20", courtesy of Miami University Art Museum, ©Berenice Abbott/Commerce Graphics

Miami University Art Museum

801 South Patterson Ave.
Oxford, OH 45056

(513) 529-2232
Tuesday through Friday 10 am–5 pm
Saturday 12 pm–5 pm


Charles M. Messer Leica Collection
and Selections From the Photography Collection

Permanent display 

VIP Private Reception
Tuesday October 16, 5:00 pm–6:00 pm
Open to all FOTOFOCUS Passport holders and Miami University Art Museum Members exclusively. Call (513) 529-2232 to RSVP by 10/14/12 
Lecture with James L. Lager, Leica expert and author
Tuesday October 16, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

For generations of photographers including Man Ray, Imogen Cunningham, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Alfred Eisenstaedt, the Leica was the camera of choice. Between 1970 and 1978, Cincinnati construction business owner Charles M. Messer donated his personal collection of Leica brand cameras to the Miami University Art Museum. Messer compiled one of the largest and most complete collections of Leica brand cameras in the world with more than 1,200 objects, including vintage and commemorative models, lenses, filters, flashes, winders and more.

The installation of the Leica Gallery will feature more than 125 pieces of the Messer Collection and illuminates the evolution of the oldest continuously manufactured brand of cameras in the world. The exhibition follows an in-depth documentation of the collection through research and digital photographic cataloguing. Using a touch-screen computer application, visitors will have the opportunity to further explore the complete Charles M. Messer Leica Collection.

In addition to the Leica Gallery, selections from the Art Museum’s 200+ photograph collection will also be on view. The Art Museum’s collection includes the works of Philippe Halsman, Margaret Bourke-White, George Richmond Hoxie, Berenice Abbott, Judy Dater, Mario Algaze, Cindy Sherman, and Aaron Siskind.

Housed in a sleek modern facility on the beautiful Miami campus, the University Art Museum serves as a valuable resource and creative outlet for artists and audiences alike. The museum pursues an active role in the overall cultural life of the southwest Ohio region, recognizing dual goals of public outreach and university cooperation in keeping with the broad scope of a university that emphasizes liberal education.