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George Eastman House opens new installation in History of Photography Gallery on Saturday

FOCUS 45 talk on Saturday, February 28 with exhibition curator William Green

Rochester, N.Y., February 27, 2015—George Eastman House has dedicated its new History of Photography Gallery to rotating installations that trace photography’s historical path to the present through photographs and cameras from the museum’s collection. The gallery opened in May 2014 and the latest rotation of photographs from its collection will be on display beginning Saturday, February 28. This installation of photographs was curated by William Green, curatorial assistant in the Department of Photography at George Eastman House.

Green will be discussing his selections for the History of Photography Gallery on Saturday, February 28 at 12:15 p.m. at Eastman House. The lecture is part of the museum’s Focus 45 lunchtime series and will be held in the Curtis Theater. Tickets are free for museum members and included with museum admission: $14 adults, $12 seniors (62+), $5 students and free for children 12 years old and under. For those interested in only attending the talk, tickets can be purchased at the Eastman House café entrance for $6 or $3 for students.

In addition to the new selection of photographs, the cameras that are currently on display will remain in the gallery until June 2015 and were curated by Todd Gustavson, technology curator, George Eastman House. The photographs in the gallery will change approximately three times a year and the cameras once a year, continually refreshing the experience of visiting George Eastman House and offering regular opportunities to view the museum’s treasures.

George Eastman House Photography Collection

The George Eastman House photography collection is among the best and most comprehensive in the world, with holdings that include objects ranging in date from the announcement of the medium’s invention in 1839 to the present day. Works by renowned masters of the medium exist side-by-side with vernacular and scientific photographs. The collection also includes all applications of the medium, from artistic pursuit to commercial enterprise and from amateur pastime to documentary record, as well as all types of photographic processes, from daguerreotypes to digital prints.

George Eastman Technology Collection

The technology collection at George Eastman House is one of the world’s largest collections of photographic and cinematographic equipment. It contains nineteenth- and twentieth-century objects of photographic technology, including cameras, processing equipment, motion picture devices, and a broad range of early historical accessories. Many of the objects are unique, representing distinguished historical ownership and significant scientific achievement. This collection is the most comprehensive held by any institution in North America and equaled in overall quality by only three other major holdings worldwide. From devices that predate the formal invention of photography in 1839 to the most modern state-of-the-art instruments used by both amateurs and professionals, the collection offers visitors an unparalleled opportunity to examine and learn about photographic technology.

The History of Photography Gallery is sponsored in part by ESL Federal Credit Union and is dedicated to the late Philip L. Condax. Condax served as the curator of technology at George Eastman House from 1971 to 1994. In 1980, he helped to curate Selections from the Spira Collection: An Exhibition at George Eastman House, which was the first time George Eastman House hosted an exhibition with objects from outside of its own collection.

For more information about the History of Photography exhibition series, visit eastmanhouse.org or call (585) 271-3361.