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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.

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New Topographics tour organized by George Eastman House and Center for Creative Photography begins June 13

Rochester, N.Y., April 2, 2009 — The landmark exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-altered Landscape — originally mounted in 1975 at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film — is being recreated for an international tour by the Center for Creative Photography at The University of Arizona and George Eastman House. New Topographics signaled the emergence of a new approach to landscape photography, ultimately giving a name to a movement and style. As evidence of its influence, it is considered the second most-cited photography exhibition in the history of the medium. The New Topographics tour will open at George Eastman House June 13 (on view through Sept. 27, 2009), and then travel to eight venues in the United States and Europe.

Dryden Theatre continues its ‘Human Spirit’ series

Rochester, N.Y., April 2, 2009 — The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House will screen Examined Life (April 11 and 12) andAngry Monk (May 2) as the final installments of the popular “Human Spirit” film series. The “Human Spirit” series launched in September 2008 and has featured films that explore the potential to add meaning in one’s life through contributions to the lives of others. Films have been selected in hopes that they will stimulate thought, discussion, passion, and action

Dryden Theatre follows American movie master Victor Fleming down the yellow brick road

Rochester, N.Y., March 2, 2009—The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House pays tribute to director Victor Fleming, the consummate studio craftsman behind nearly 50 films, including two of the most celebrated films in motion picture history — Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz. This year marks the 70th anniversary for these Technicolor® triumphs, which will be screened as part of a film series in March and April dedicated to Fleming’s filmmaking.

‘Wish You Were Here’ travel lecture springs back into action at Eastman House

Rochester, N.Y., March 3, 2009 — Spring ushers in the return of the “Wish You Were Here” travel photography lecture series, which brings to George Eastman House renowned photographers who discuss their work documenting the world’s people and landscapes. This season’s series will be bring to you many corners of the world — including Cuba, Africa, England, China, the Pacific coast, and Ellis Island. All lectures will be held in the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m.

Eastman House and RPO collaborate to present ‘Cinematic Symphony’ May 3

Rochester, N.Y., March 2, 2009 — There’s no place like Rochester … a city that boasts the collections of George Eastman Houseand the music of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO). On Sunday, May 3, these two world-class cultural icons are teaming up for a special collaboration to celebrate the 70th anniversary of MGM classic The Wizard of Oz — a film that has given us some of our most unforgettable musical memories and for which Eastman House holds in preservation the original camera negatives.

Dryden Theatre presents 10 screenings of Wendy and Lucy Feb. 27-March 2

Rochester, N.Y., February 13, 2009— Wendy and Lucy begin their adventure in Rochester on Friday, Feb. 27 and leave town 10 screenings later Monday, March 2. The film, which Los Angeles Daily News said “renews the spirit of American independent film,” stars renowned actress Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain, Mammoth, Deception).

TruthBeauty features hauntingly beautiful Pictorialist

Rochester, N.Y., January 20, 2009 — George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film focuses on the masterworks of Pictorialism with the exhibition TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 1845-1945, on view Feb. 7 through May 31, 2009. Featured will be more than 100 hauntingly beautiful photographs from the Eastman House collections, created by celebrated photographers such as Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Alvin Langdon Coburn. TruthBeauty illustrates Pictorialism’s desire to elevate photography — seen at once time as merely a mechanical tool of documentation — to an art form equal to painting and drawing,

Eastman House presents Photographs by Andy Lock

Rochester, N.Y., January 1, 2009 — George Eastman House presents this winter the work of British artist Andy Lock, which offers a contemporary take on Pictorialism with compelling and dynamic images of seemingly everyday subjects. Photographs by Andy Lock, on view Jan. 24 through April 26, features 12 large-format images. This companion show to the Eastman House exhibition TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art demonstrates the current relevance of Pictorialism.