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Portraits of ordinary people can tell a story. They can tell stories of happiness, while others tell about sadness. One exhibition here in Tucson expresses these feelings and explores them through the history of portraits.

The Center of Creative Photography, located on the University of Arizona campus, features an exhibition called "Face to Face: 150 Years of Photographic Portraiture."

"The purpose of the exhibition is to share highlights of the Center's collection, to explore some interesting ideas within the genre of portraiture, and to offer a different format exhibition (one that explores an entire genre) than the more typical monographic, two-person, and thematic exhibitions we often do," according to Becky Senf, the center's Norton family assistant curator of photography.

Most of the photographs displayed were taken by Americans, but the exhibition does feature a number of photographers from outside the states.

The collection is primarily 20th century North American photographers, so every exhibition we do from our own holdings features more American work than international, said Senf. She added the center tries to include international photographers when possible to show a diverse range of viewpoints.

Among the international photographers included in the exhibit are Tseng Kwong Chi of China, August Sander of Germany, Lola Alvarez Bravo of Mexico and Robert Doisneau of France.

Senf said one of the reasons these artists were chosen was because they all worked together in a larger show; it had nothing to do with nationality but how the individual portraits came together.

"While showing work from photographers of various nationalities can sometimes suggest a more cosmopolitan view, it's also possible to show international artists and end up with just as homogenous a feel as if you choose all American – it just depends on how diverse the viewpoint [is]," Senf said.

Other international photographers that are a part of the exhibition are: Yousuf Karsh, Kozo Miyoshi and Horst P. Horst.

Senf said the reaction to the exhibition has been positive and has attracted numerous visitors.

The exhibition is on display until May 15 in the gallery located on the first floor of the Center of Creative Photography. Admission to the exhibition is free and is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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