Founded in 1947, the George Eastman Museum is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the largest film archives in the United States, located on the historic Rochester estate of entrepreneur and philanthropist George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography. Its holdings comprise more than 450,000 photographs; 28,000 motion picture films; the world’s preeminent collection of photographic and cinematographic technology; one of the leading libraries of books related to photography and cinema; and extensive holdings of documents and other objects related to George Eastman. As a research and teaching institution, the Eastman Museum has an active publishing program and makes critical contributions in the fields of film preservation and photographic conservation.
Current Press Releases
Rochester, N.Y., June 20, 2016—Nearly forty years after the idea was born, The Photographers Cookbook has been released. In the late 1970s, the George Eastman Museum approached a group of photographers to ask for their favorite recipes and food-related photographs to go with them, in pursuit of publishing a cookbook. The concept grew from the idea that a photographer’s talent in the darkroom likely translated into special skills in the kitchen. Dozens of photographers sent submissions, but editor Deborah Barsel left the museum before preparations were complete, and the planned publication never came to fruition—until now. The book, co-published by the George Eastman Museum and Aperture, includes an essay by Lisa Hostetler, curator in charge of the Department of Photography at the museum.
George Eastman Museum partners with Rochester’s LGBTQ community to present a free Summer of Solidarity film series at the Dryden Theatre
Rochester, N.Y., June 17, 2016—In solidarity with the victims of the atrocity in Orlando and with the entire LGBTQ community, the Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman Museum presents Summer of Solidarity—a film series that includes seven landmark films dealing with LGBTQ themes. This film series is organized by the George Eastman Museum in partnership with the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, ImageOut: The Rochester LGBT Film Festival, and The MOCHA Center/Trillium Health. Admission to all screenings is free.
George Eastman Museum to Honor Michael Keaton with George Eastman Award before Sold-Out Crowd Tonight
Rochester, N.Y., June 9, 2016—The George Eastman Museum will honor actor Michael Keaton with the George Eastman Award this evening at a sold-out event. The Eastman Award is the museum’s highest honor in motion pictures and recognizes Keaton’s distinguished contribution to the art of film. The award ceremony begins at 8 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre. More than 500 people will attend the ceremony, which will feature a video compilation of his work and a conversation with Keaton, followed by a reception in the museum.
Rochester, N.Y., June 1, 2016—It’s been said that if you say the word “Beetlejuice” three times, he will appear. Well get ready, Rochester! The George Eastman Museum has announced that Golden Globe Award winner, Academy Award nominee, and America’s favorite Batman—actor Michael Keaton—will introduce a screening of Beetlejuice (Tim Burton, 1988) at the Dryden Theatre on Wednesday, June 8, at 8 p.m.
George Eastman Museum introduces Online Finding Aids for the Manuscript Collections of Four Independent Filmmakers
Rochester, N.Y., May 31, 2016—The George Eastman Museum announced today that it is now offering online access to finding aids for the manuscript collections of independent filmmakers Douglass Crockwell, Leo Hurwitz, James Reese, and Lothar Wolff. These research tools provide scholars, students, and the public with the means to discover the contents of these four filmmakers’ unique collections. The finding aids are accessible at eastman.org/finding-aids.
George Eastman Museum Announces Programs in conjunction with Photography and America’s National Parks
Rochester, N.Y., May 31, 2016—The George Eastman Museum has announced an extensive schedule of programs in conjunction with its new exhibition, Photography and America’s National Parks, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the formation of the National Park Service and opens on June 4, with a special preview party scheduled for June 3.
Rochester, N.Y., May 25, 2016—Renowned film scholar David Bordwell will present the annual James Card Memorial Lecture at the George Eastman Museum’s Dryden Theatre on Sunday, May 29 at 2 pm.
Rochester, N.Y., May 24, 2016—New York–based contemporary artist Erica Baum will be at the George Eastman Museum on Thursday, May 26 at 6 p.m. to discuss her work, which simultaneously operates as photograph and poem. Using the printed page as her primary subject, Baum fuses together photographic fragments of profound language, transforming the decontextualized words into messages that permeate everyday life.
Rochester, N.Y., May 24, 2016—The George Eastman Museum will open the exhibition Sight Reading: Photography and the Legible World on June 18 in the Project Gallery. Organized in partnership with the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City, the exhibition of photographs is drawn primarily from the Eastman Museum’s rich holdings, supplemented by works from the Morgan and a private collector. It will be on view through September 18.
Rochester, N.Y., May 19, 2016—Carrying on its record of innovation in preserving and re-creating historical photographic processes, the George Eastman Museum today announced that its conservation department has reverse-engineered and replicated the making of early motion picture film—creating the first sensitized, processed strip of black-and-white 35mm motion picture film outside of a commercial manufacturing environment.
Rochester, N.Y., May 17, 2016—The Garden Vibes summer concert series at the George Eastman Museum is back for its 23rd year. The outdoor concerts will take place on the following Wednesday evenings: June 15, July 13, and August 17. Bring a picnic, BYOB, relax with friends, and enjoy family activities in the museum’s historic Townson Terrace Garden and the surrounding grounds. Concerts are from 6 to 8 p.m.
Garden Vibes 2016
Rochester, N.Y., May 4, 2016—The George Eastman Museum has been invited to screen two films from its collection at the second annual Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) in Bentonville, Arkansas this week. In conjunction with the festival, a group of photographs of legendary actresses from the George Eastman Museum collection will also be featured in the Reel Women: Icons and Identity in Film exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.
Rochester, N.Y., April 29, 2016—The George Eastman Museum has released the official program for this weekend’s 2nd Nitrate Picture Show, the world’s first festival of film conservation. A rare screening of the vintage 35mm print of Otto Preminger’s Laura (US 1944) will round out the first day of the festival, beginning at 10 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre. A limited number of tickets are still available.
Rochester, N.Y., April 21, 2016—The George Eastman Museum will honor actor Michael Keaton with the George Eastman Award, the museum’s highest honor in motion pictures, on Thursday, June 9. The award recognizes Keaton’s distinguished contribution to the art of film. In accepting the honor, he joins the company of film legends such as Charles Chaplin, Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Cecil B. DeMille, Greta Garbo, Lillian Gish, Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Martin Scorsese, James Stewart, Meryl Streep, and most recently Michael Douglas. The George Eastman Award was established in 1955 as the first retrospective film award to honor artistic work of enduring value.
Rochester, N.Y., March 31, 2016—Academy Award winner and George Eastman Award recipient Michael Douglas is donating his personal collection of 35mm and 16mm prints to the George Eastman Museum. Douglas’s collection consists of 37 film prints, including more than thirty titles that star or were produced by Douglas over the course of his career.