By Mark Allen, Guest Blogger and Clickworker General Manager.
The other day I received an invitation to an exhibition opening, which isn’t unusual, except the envelope was wearing a Baby Brownie stamp. As a fancier of all things photographic, I was much more interested in the stamp than in going to the out-of-town shindig. A couple of research clicks later I discovered that back on June 29th of this year, the USPS issued a set of twelve commemorative stamps honoring Pioneers of American Industrial Design.
When Director Anthony Bannon welcomes The Photographic Historical Society’s PhotoHistory XV symposium to the Dryden Theater this October 22, it will be the 15th time we have shared resources with George Eastman House in the 41 years since the first PhotoHistory. It is a valuable partnership for all concerned. For our Society, it provides an association with the premier photographic historical facility in the world.
Like many of you, I was closely watching our Live Benefit Auction at the Metropolitan Pavillion in NYC Monday night...seeing months and months of work by my colleagues unfold into an incredible event. Also like many of you, I wasn't there 'live'...and am still on the hunt for amazing photography. Luckily our Online Auction is still on!
As was the case last year, we are sure you will notice some very familiar faces to the Museum in the 2011 Benefit Auction. Our Wish You Were Here Travel Photography Series continues to be one of our most popular lecture offerings, and we've been thrilled to revisit the work of some of our recent exhibitors who have garnered high praise and engaged our audiences.
Wish You Were Here series speakers
The Palm House at George Eastman House is a glass-roofed, greenhouse room built in 1905 as a unique component of this National Historic Landmark. Also called the Solarium or Sun Room, it serves as an essential connecting space between the museum galleries and the historic mansion. It has a distinctive design, historic character, and is bright year-round— which we really enjoy during those gray and gloomy Rochester winter months.
Anthony Jones is one of the few remaining photographers who still looks for the beauty in everyday objects and places, who looks for the abstract in the concrete and captures images that have the flavour of urban life. In an age of digital, he still holds steady the tiller of silver based photography and the elegant beauty of images created with a critical eye looking for the innate beauty and design in everyday life.
During their recent visit to the area for a family wedding, fashion photographer David Burton and his wife Sarah stopped by our Gannett Foundation Photographic Study Center. Archivist Joe Struble prepared a selection of 'fashion in photography' images on the print rail and brought a few albums out for viewing--- which gave us a chance to take a closer look at one album that made a particular (and timely!) impression with the Burtons : the British royal family.
Alejandro Cartagena’s long-term photographic study focuses on the expanding suburbs outside of his home in Monterrey, Mexico. Wandering around the region for over five years, Cartagena was originally drawn to the infrastructure sprouting up in the hills seemingly overnight. These prefab, cookie-cutter, single family homes were emblematic of an expanding middle class but also of a creeping encroachment upon the natural landscape.
By Tom Hoehn, Guest Blogger and George Eastman House member ("and proud of it!")
My name is Tom Hoehn, a longtime member of George Eastman House. The current exhibit, Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera,” (which, by the way, is just fantastic!) brought back a memory from my days as a kid in Rome, N.Y., that I wanted to share as guest blogger.
Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera is on display at George Eastman House now through Sept. 18, and features photographs and illustrations related to the classic 1963 painting that now hangs in the White House ...
I suppose it’s the feeling you get when you look at a garden you have cared for. Nothing can compare to experiencing it with your own senses, to see firsthand the fruits of your labor … that what you have planted, fed, and watered has flourished.
That was the feeling in the air at George Eastman House on Saturday, July 16, as National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter toured Eastman House.
Any visitor who comes in through the main entrance of George Eastman House will notice a large glass wall to the left. Through this glass you can see the Richard & Ronay Menschel Library, curatorial departments such as Motion Pictures, Photography and Technology, and a staircase that leads down to two more floors.
In just over a year’s time George Eastman House has been painted with large splashes of Technicolor, Colorama, and now Kodachrome, via three important acquisitions.
Trustee Victoria Cherry refers to this as the Eastman House "portal", and it was in full effect this past Tuesday evening in New York City.
When you ask someone who their favorite silent film comedian is you’ll probably get the go-to answer of Charlie Chaplin. There’s a simple reason for that: because Chaplin is indeed one of the greats. There were, however, other silent-film comedians who were just as prolific as Chaplin. Personally, I have a fondness for the big three: Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd.
Water and it’s elemental forces have always been, artistic indicators for self-experience and self-loss. Images of the ocean determine the iconographic nature of the history of art. The sea has remained to this day one of the archetypal natural landscapes of our planet and therefore has not lost any of its enchantment. The ocean: a collective metaphor and a space of projection for our longings and desires. Therefore, on first encounter, Renate Aller’s Oceanscapes appear so familiar to us. What we are seeing is nothing new, but how it is presented to us is what makes the difference.