Summer Intern Update: My Experience as a Department of Photography Intern

Image of Summer Interns

Hi, there! My name is Alison Thompson, and I am writing to share my personal experience as a Department of Photography Intern at the George Eastman Museum. For the past nine weeks, I have not only expanded my knowledge on history of photography, film, and museum practice, but I worked with an extremely diverse, intelligent, and thoughtful staff! Under their supervision, I was able to complete a variety of museum-related projects, giving me a great deal of academic and work experience.

Sight Reading Challenge One: Urban Text

Image from Sight Reading exhibit

Challenge: For our first Sight Reading Instagram Challenge, we want you to capture text within the landscape. Signs, symbols, and visual words are everywhere. From the major advertisements plastered on billboards and streets in cities, to more casual hand made signs on rural back roads. Text is everywhere. These signs beg for our attention, change our perception of the landscape, and shape the way we interact with our environment. This week, we challenge you to capture urban text- whether it be formal advertisements on the street, informal signs posted on walls, or other text-- be creative! 

Love National Parks? Then You'll Love Our Summer Lineup!

Image from National Parks exhibit

Starting this weekend, visitors to the George Eastman Museum will have the opportunity to explore our newest exhibit, Photography and America’s National Parks. National parks are one of America’s treasures- they are spaces of natural beauty that have been set aside in order to protect them. Photography has had a special relationship with these locations throughout their history, and the pieces featured in this exhibit demonstrate this. In order to showcase the photography and the parks themselves, we’ve set up a fantastic lineup of events and activities over the next few months.

International Museum Day and National Parks

May 18, 2016 is International Museum Day, a day to celebrate museums and cultural heritage institutions around the world. As stated in their mission, the objective of this day is to raise awareness of the importance of museums in enriching cultures, improving intercultural exchange, and developing understanding between peoples. This event has been ongoing since 1977, and various museums plan events and activities that highlight the importance of this unique type of institution, both locally and internationally. The theme for this year’s International Museum Day is “Museums and Cultural Landscapes,” exploring the combination of nature and history. With this in mind, we want to highlight our upcoming exhibit that exemplifies this theme of natural and human identity intermingling: Photography and America’s National Parks.

Director's Note: Exhibiting New Work

Taryn Simon's Birds of the West Indies

The George Eastman Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying, and exhibiting photographs and moving images ranging from the earliest examples to newly created works. Because our institution is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the earliest film archives, our collections are particularly strong in historic works. Yet, the history of photography and moving images extends to the present, and each medium continues with tremendous creative vitality. It is essential that the Eastman Museum actively collect and exhibit contemporary works so that we can present a complete history of these fields to current and future generations...

Director's Note: Preservation is Paramount

Portrait of George O'Keeffe

George Eastman House has been entrusted with one of the world’s leading collections in the fields of photography and cinema, including the foremost collection of photographic and cinematographic technology. We are also the stewards of George Eastman’s historic estate, many of its furnishings, and a large collection of his personal and business papers. Preserving these treasures for future generations is our fundamental responsibility.

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