Photographers face the lens at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Untitled; Judith Golden, 1977

Untitled; Judith Golden, 1977

Sometimes photos can be so captivating that it's fun to wonder about the person who is being snapped. Seeing a photographer come out from behind the camera in order to become the subject of a picture can be a exciting as well. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts' latest exhibition "Facing the Lens: Portraits of Photographers" explores just that, featuring artists from the 19th century to the present. [jump]

Approximately 75 photos of famous photographers, from Ansel Adams, to Diane Arbus, to Cindy Sherman, to Edward Steichen will fill the museum's Harrison Photography Gallery, as well as contemporary photographers like Dag Alveng and Jan Saudek. Not all of the photos are traditional portraits either; there will even be a few "anti-portraits" featuring identification documents such as passports and driver's licenses.

The MIA brings their exhibit even more solidly into the present with their Facing the Lens group on Flickr. Anyone who is interested is welcome to upload a self-portrait, which will then be featured in the gallery and also on the MIA's website.

"Facing the Lens: Portraits of Photographers" opens at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts tomorrow at their Third Thursday party from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will feature a sneak peek at the exhibition, take-home DIY crafts, drinks at the cash bar, and live music by Jelloslave. The exhibit runs through August 28.