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

Rochester, N.Y., March 2, 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.

March 5: Stephen Wilkes presents the illustrated lecture “Evolution.” Featured will be his most recent monograph, Ellis Island: Ghosts of Freedom, which was named one of the five Best Photography Books by Time magazine, as well as images from his most recent China series. Wilkes’s photographs have been featured in international publications, such as New York Times Magazine, Life, Time, and London Sunday Times.

March 19: Alex Harris presents the illustrated talk “The Idea of Cuba,” in which he will discuss his journey into Cuba, a nation coming to grips after the collapse of the Socialist bloc in 1989, and beginning to imagine a future without Fidel Castro. Harris is professor of the practice of public policy and documentary studies at Duke University, as well and a founder of the Center for Documentary Studies

March 26: Documentary photographer Douglas Menuez presents the illustrated lecture “Transcendent Spirits: Good News from Africa.” He has documented the lives of 20 Ugandan orphans of AIDS and war who manage to support 700 orphans by two yeas as a dance troupe. These young dancers have overcome tremendous odds to create meaningful lives, providing hope and inspiration to another generation.

April 16: British artist Andy Lock offers contemporary take on Pictorialism with his compelling pieces from “Orchard Park: Utopia’s Ghost.” Lock will discuss the origination of the “Orchard Park” photographs, on view at Eastman House, and the unconventional processes used to create the work 

April 20: John Divola will present the illustrated lecture “The Horizon and Things in the Way,” a look at his work over the past 35 years. He gained public recognition in the 1970s with his exhibit Zuma and has gone on to produce influential black-and-white photographs. 

Admission to each “Wish You Were Here” lecture is included with museum admission: $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, $6 for students, and free to members. Participating artists will sign their books following the lectures, with books available in the Eastman House Store.

“Wish You Were Here” is generously supported by Eastman House member Thomas N. Tischer. For more information visit eastmanhouse.org or call (585) 271-3361.