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October 25, 2013–January 26, 2014
Location: Bloch Lobby
Admission is Free

David Douglas Duncan is one of the 20th century's greatest photojournalists. Born and raised in Kansas City, Duncan has photographed all over the world. His work has been featured in National Geographic, Life and the Saturday Evening Post magazines, and he has published 26 books. Enormously versatile, he remains best known for his combat photographs—from World War II to Vietnam—and his uniquely intimate portrait series of Pablo Picasso.

Duncan met Picasso in 1956 and was immediately welcomed into the artist's home in Cannes, France. The intimacy of their friendship is indicated by Duncan's very first photograph of Picasso—soaking in his bathtub! Until the artist's death in 1973, Duncan returned often to visit, creating an unparalleled visual record of the great artist at work and play. The photographs in this exhibition are drawn from Mr. Duncan's generous recent gift of 161 inkjet prints (printed in 2013) of his key Picasso images to the Nelson-Atkins.


Gjon Mili, American (b. Albania, 1904–1984). David Douglas Duncan with Pablo Picasso, 1960. Inkjet print (printed 2013), 20 7/8 x 13 7/8 inches. Gift of David Douglas Duncan.


David Douglas Duncan, American (b. 1916). After Jacqueline gave up trying to teach Pablo a ballet routine, the moment she sat down, he twirled away in his own routine, stomping and whirling, a combination square dancer and dervish, 1957. Inkjet print (printed 2013), 13 15/16 x 20 7/8 inches. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Gift of the artist.

Book Giveaway
In collaboration with the Kansas City Public Library, the Nelson-Atkins will give away free copies of David Douglas Duncan's book Photo Nomad (2003).