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“Wish You Were Here” travel photo lectures return for fall

Renowned photographers discuss documenting the locations of North American birds, Cuban rural life, an Australian amusement park, and America’s last traveling side show

Rochester, N.Y., September 18, 2012—George Eastman House’s “Wish You Were Here” travel photography lecture series is back this fall, featuring renowned photographers sharing images and stories. The featured four artists will share with us locations of North American birds, Cuban rural life, an Australian amusement park, and America’s last traveling side show.

6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27

Todd McGrain

The Lost Bird Project

McGrain's Lost Bird Project immortalizes North American birds that have been driven to extinction. Sculptures of five of those birds are now on view at George Eastman House in Lost Birds: Sculptures by Todd McGrain. Join him for an evening of behind-the-scenes stories about his work. www.thelostbirdproject.org

 

6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25

Ernesto Bazan

In the Countryside: An Intimate Look at Cuban Rural Daily Life 

Bazan’s most recent book, Al Campo, is filled with images that resound with an insider’s point of view and unprecedented access for a photographer in Cuba.  He will discuss his work from the five years he lived and worked among farmers in the Cuban countryside. www.bazanphotos.com

 

6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8

Douglas Holleley

Luna Park: The Image of a Funfair

E.A. Hopkins began photographing Luna Park, an amusement park in Sydney, Australia, in 1937. This he did with great skill and tenacity for some 35 years. His images exemplify a mature and sophisticated understanding of visual structure, while also presenting a series of perplexing paradoxes with respect to the assumptions of documentary photographic methodology.  www.clarellen.com

 

6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15

Jimmy and Dena Katz

World of Wonders

Working in brilliant color and with a large-format camera, the Katzes followed America's last authentic traveling side show. The result: powerful and poignant portraits that reveal disappointment, despair and tenacity played out against the tawdry glitter of the fairground.  www.jimmykatz.com

All “Wish You Were Here” lectures are in the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House. Admission to each lecture is included with museum admission: $6 for adults, $3 for students,and free to members. Bazan and the Katzes 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 visiteastmanhouse.org or call (585) 271-3361.