A History of Photography

October 22, 2016–January 29, 2017, Main Galleries

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    Édouard Baldus (French, 1813–1889). The Louvre, ca. 1855. Albumen silver print. George Eastman Museum, gift of Eastman Kodak Company, ex-collection Gabriel Cromer.

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    Maison Bonfils (French, active Beirut, Lebanon, est. 1867). Tourists climbing up a pyramid, ca. 1885. Albumen silver print. George Eastman Museum, museum accession.

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    Eugène Atget (French, 1857–1927). Hotel de Montmorency. 5 Rue de Montmorency, 1908–09. Albumen silver print. George Eastman Museum, purchase.

This installation in the History of Photography Gallery, on view from May 12 to October 8, 2017, provides an overview of the history of photography through photographs of architecture, one of the medium’s earliest and most popular subjects. The photographs were made by a variety of practitioners—professionally trained architectural photographers, tourists, artists—and highlight the wide range of approaches that photographers have adopted in their depictions of the built environment.

About the History of Photography Gallery

The George Eastman Museum photography collection is among the best and most comprehensive in the world. With holdings ranging in date from the announcement of the medium’s invention in 1839 to the present day, the collection represents the full history of photography. 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.

The museum's History of Photography Gallery is dedicated to rotating installations that demonstrate photography’s historical trajectory through photographs and cameras drawn from the collection. The changing selection of photographs refreshes the experience of visiting the Eastman Museum and offers regular opportunities to display the museum’s treasures.

See past installations here.

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Focus 45: Photography and Architecture
Saturday, May 18, 1 p.m.
Listen to curatorial assistant Will Green's talk, originally presented on May 13 as part of our Focus 45 series. 

Curator's Gallery Tour
Saturday, August 12, 1 p.m.
Thursday, September 21, 1 p.m.
Curatorial Assistant William Green will lead a gallery tour of his selections for the current History of Photography rotation.

 

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