Rochester, N.Y., May 4, 2015—The George Eastman House has announced the promotion of Ross Knapper to collections manager for the department of photography. Knapper previously worked as an assistant archivist.
Knapper is responsible for the care, organization, and preservation of the George Eastman House Photography Collection, along with facilitating access to the collection for external researchers and internal staff. The photography collection at George Eastman House, among the oldest and best in the world, comprises more than 400,000 photographic objects dating from the introduction of the medium in 1839 through to the present day. It encompasses works made in all major photographic processes, from daguerreotype to digital, for a wide range of purposes, from amateur pursuit to artistic enterprise, from scientific inquiry to documentary record. The collection includes work by more than eight thousand photographers, and it continues to expand.
Knapper holds a bachelor’s of science degree in ecology and a bachelor’s of environmental science from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Knapper interned with George Eastman House Department of Photography while working on his master’s degree in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management (PPCM) from Ryerson University in 2013. Born in Seoul, South Korea, he was raised in Clara City, Minnesota, and currently resides in Rochester.