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Photographer John Chiara to kick off George Eastman House’s annual Wish You Were Here photography lecture series

Rochester, N.Y., August 20, 2015—George Eastman House announced the fall lineup for its Wish You Were Here photography lecture series. The series will begin on Thursday, September 10 at 6 p.m., with John Chiara’s talk Lands End, which features images taken with his life-size camera obscura. Admission to this lecture is free for students (with valid ID). A book signing will follow in the museum’s café and store. 

The series will continue with photographer Wendy Ewald on Thursday, November 12 at 6 p.m., followed by globetrotter and Wish You Were Here sponsor Tom Tischer on Saturday, December 12 at 2 p.m. All lectures will take place in the Dryden Theatre. Admission to Wish You Were Here lectures is free to museum members, $6 for nonmembers, and $3 for students (except for the September 10 lecture, which is free for students). Doors open 45 minutes before the lecture begins, and the museum’s café will be open for dinner, coffee, or dessert.

About the Speakers
John Chiara developed a process that is part photography, part sculpture, and part event—an undertaking in apparatus and patience. He creates one-of-a-kind photographs in a variety of hand-built cameras, the largest of which is a 50x80″ field camera transported by the artist on a flatbed trailer. Once a location is selected, he situates and then physically enters the camera, maneuvering in near total darkness positive color photographic paper on the camera’s back wall. His images can take half a day to make plus another half-day to process, and they cannot be reproduced. A book signing will follow Chiara’s lecture.

For forty years, Wendy Ewald has traveled the world to document communities through collaboration with children and adults. Her recent book, This Is Where I Live (London: Mack, 2015) documents her two-and-a-half-year adventure working with different communities in Israel and the West Bank, giving out cameras so people could photograph their families and surroundings from an insider’s point of view. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andy Warhol Foundation, and the Fulbright Commission. A book signing will follow Ewald’s lecture.

The final lecturer in the 2015 Wish You Were Here lineup is series sponsor and international adventurer Tom Tischer. Tischer has visited all fifty states and more countries than he can remember—some more than once. A lover of all forms of travel, he has taken nearly 150 cruises and photographed them all. He will share selected images and stories from these experiences, while tracing history of the modern cruise industry from the 1920s to the present.

The Wish You Were Here photography lecture series is generously supported by museum member Dr. Thomas N. Tischer.