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Submitted by Bruce Barnes,

Camera Obscura

Compared to the first floor of George Eastman’s historic mansion—which we restored more than 25 years ago to closely resemble how it looked during his life—we know less about the second floor and how it was decorated, and we have relatively few pieces of furniture that are original to the second-floor rooms. Nevertheless, over the course of the last few years, the George Eastman Museum has made great strides in revitalizing the second floor— and more enhancements are being planned. Walking through the mansion’s second floor has become an important part of the full Eastman Museum experience.

Submitted by Guest Post,

Letter to Olivia de Havilland

Happy Birthday Olivia de Havilland! Daniel LaTourette writes a letter to Ms. de Havilland on her 100th Birthday.

Submitted by Guest Post,

Dry plate photography at Letchworth State Park

Waterfalls, gelatin dry plates, large format cameras and Hiking. They all go together like peas and carrots. Which is exactly what we were thinking when we put together our first  “Dry Plates in the Woods” workshop at Letchworth State Park three years ago.

Submitted by Ken Fox,

Douglass Crockwell, James Reese, Leo Hurwitz, and Lothar Wolff.

The creation of a finding aid for any archival collection is always good news for both archivists and researchers. The creation of four finding aids calls for a celebration -- and a little explanation of why we're so excited about the finding aids for Douglass Crockwell, James Reese, Leo Hurwitz, and Lothar Wolff.

Submitted by Kate Meyers Emery,

Image from Sight Reading exhibit

Challenge: For our first Sight Reading Instagram Challenge, we want you to capture text within the landscape. Signs, symbols, and visual words are everywhere. From the major advertisements plastered on billboards and streets in cities, to more casual hand made signs on rural back roads. Text is everywhere. These signs beg for our attention, change our perception of the landscape, and shape the way we interact with our environment. This week, we challenge you to capture urban text- whether it be formal advertisements on the street, informal signs posted on walls, or other text-- be creative! 

Submitted by Kate Meyers Emery,

Image from Sight Reading exhibit

Over the next three months, we are going to be running a series of photographic challenges through Instagram that asks participants to employ different methods of conveying information as can be seen in the Sight Reading: Photography and the Legible World exhibition. Join us!

Submitted by Kate Meyers Emery,

Image from National Parks exhibit

Starting this weekend, visitors to the George Eastman Museum will have the opportunity to explore our newest exhibit, Photography and America’s National Parks. National parks are one of America’s treasures- they are spaces of natural beauty that have been set aside in order to protect them. Photography has had a special relationship with these locations throughout their history, and the pieces featured in this exhibit demonstrate this. In order to showcase the photography and the parks themselves, we’ve set up a fantastic lineup of events and activities over the next few months.

Submitted by Kate Meyers Emery,

Image from the film Kimiko

This weekend, the George Eastman Museum is proud to welcome David Bordwell to present the James Card Memorial Lecture and introduce the film Wife! Be Like a Rose! AKA Kimiko. This memorial lecture and film series is dedicated to James Card, who helped to establish the George Eastman Museum as a leader in the fields of cinema and film preservation.

Submitted by Malin Kan,

daydreaming

Paul Thomas Anderson and Radiohead's Daydreaming is no "music video." It will be projected in large-scale, on glorious 35mm, Saturday night, preceding Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell to Earth...

Submitted by Kate Meyers Emery,

May 18, 2016 is International Museum Day, a day to celebrate museums and cultural heritage institutions around the world. As stated in their mission, the objective of this day is to raise awareness of the importance of museums in enriching cultures, improving intercultural exchange, and developing understanding between peoples. This event has been ongoing since 1977, and various museums plan events and activities that highlight the importance of this unique type of institution, both locally and internationally. The theme for this year’s International Museum Day is “Museums and Cultural Landscapes,” exploring the combination of nature and history. With this in mind, we want to highlight our upcoming exhibit that exemplifies this theme of natural and human identity intermingling: Photography and America’s National Parks.

Submitted by Guest Post,

The Dryden Theatre presents a new film series beginning on April 2nd and running through the last week of May dedicated to the thirteen Eon Productions-made James Bond films starring Scotsman Sir Sean Connery and Englishman Sir Roger Moore...

Submitted by Bruce Barnes,

Image from Sight Reading exhibit

Partnerships and other forms of collaboration play an essential role in enabling the George Eastman Museum to broaden its activities and to extend its reach beyond Rochester. Among the Eastman Museum’s most important partnerships are those with the University of Rochester in the field of graduate education. This year is the twentieth anniversary of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation, the first school of its kind in the United States. 

Submitted by Guest Post,

James Bond is more than just a character in a media franchise: he is an emblem of a particular aesthetic, a particular tone, a particular style of filmmaking, and as a result he is a promise of a particular set of expectations...

Submitted by Bruce Barnes,

Taryn Simon's Birds of the West Indies

At the George Eastman Museum, we take photography and cinema very seriously—in our preservation and conservation efforts, our scholarship, and our exhibitions. Yet, we recognize and revel in the entertainment and escape that are important in each of these mediums. Over the course of the next three months, the Eastman Museum will be celebrating and interrogating James Bond, one of the longest-running (since 1962) and most successful franchises in cinematic history...

Submitted by Malin Kan,

The Dryden Theatre series Haile Gerima: Child of Resistance began on January 28 with the double feature Child of Resistance (1972) and Bush Mama (1975) and continued last week with Harvest: 3000 Years (1976), transitioning markedly from Gerima’s L.A. Rebellion period to consider the exploitation of African peasants.

Submitted by Anthony Labbatte,

Those only familiar with Cecil B. DeMille’s epic films, such as The Ten Commandments (1956) or Samson and Delilah (1949) are often surprised by the intimacy of his early work. The Golden Chance, which opened 100 years ago in New York City, at the Mark Strand Theatre, on January 16, is one of these films.

Submitted by Bruce Barnes,

Taryn Simon's Birds of the West Indies

The George Eastman Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying, and exhibiting photographs and moving images ranging from the earliest examples to newly created works. Because our institution is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the earliest film archives, our collections are particularly strong in historic works. Yet, the history of photography and moving images extends to the present, and each medium continues with tremendous creative vitality. It is essential that the Eastman Museum actively collect and exhibit contemporary works so that we can present a complete history of these fields to current and future generations...

Submitted by Bruce Barnes,

Taryn Simon's Birds of the West Indies

The George Eastman Museum is an international treasure, with one of the world’s foremost photography and cinema collections. Our institution recently changed its name from George Eastman House, the original name, which denoted the museum’s location on George Eastman’s estate. Our new name better reflects our core identity as a museum—encompassing the breadth of our collections, exhibitions, publications, educational programs, and research—and will reduce misperceptions that our institution’s scope is limited to its cherished house. The three-part mission of the George Eastman Museum remains unchanged: preservation and development of our collections, including the historic mansion and gardens; leadership in the fields of photography and cinema; and service to our communities, in Rochester and beyond.

Submitted by Rachel Pikus,

In the spirit of Halloween, our archivists in the moving image collection gathered some of our spookiest stills and creepy frame clippings. 

Submitted by Mark Osterman,

Eastman Museum held its first expeditionary workshops in Mexico last February. It was good timing since the worst winter in years hit the northeast while we were shooting collodion plates with temperatures in the mid-80s. We chose the small city of Merida in the Yucatan peninsula as our base because it had a small town feeling and the Mayan ruins of Uxmal and Dzibilchaltun were only a short drive from where we established our darkroom. . . .

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