Jim Ganz. Photo: Randy Dodson.

Getty Museum Names Jim Ganz Senior Curator of Photographs

The Getty Museum announced today that James A. Ganz has been appointed the institution’s senior curator of photographs. Ganz will oversee the museum’s collection of nearly 150,000 photographs, which represent the history of the medium from its inception to the present day. He joins the Getty after ten years at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, where he served as curator of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts.

“Mr. Ganz’s experience is a perfect fit with the mission and scholarly focus of the Getty’s Department of Photographs,” Timothy Potts, the director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, said. “His many years of curating exhibitions and acquiring significant works will greatly enrich our collection and the work of our curatorial staff. He brings an energy, enthusiasm, and leadership that will help the department engage with an even broader audience and tell new and thoughtful stories about the history of photography up to the present day.”

Prior to his time at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Ganz was a curator at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts, where he established its collection of photographs, for more than a decade. While at the Clark, he taught the history of photography and prints in the Williams College graduate program. Throughout his career, Ganz has organized dozens of exhibitions, including “Jewel City: Art from San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition” (2015), “Portals of the Past: The Photographs of Willard Worden” (2015), and Arthur Tress: San Francisco 1964 (2012), among others. Ganz will join the Getty on July 8.