Rochester, N.Y., September 21, 2017—The George Eastman Museum has announced the fall lineup for its Wish You Were Here lecture series. For more than 16 years, this popular photography lecture series has brought artists and photojournalists to the Rochester to share their stories and photographs. The series will begin on Thursday, September 28 at 6 p.m., with photographers Ahndraya Parlato and Gregory Halpern.
Parlato and Halpern will discuss their collaborative project East of the Sun, West of the Moon, comprising photographs they took on the solstices and equinoxes of 2012 and 2013. The photographers will also share stories from their individual publications. Parlato’s A Spectacle and Nothing Strange draws on the artist’s experience of being raised by a single mother who was mentally ill. The photographs imagine a world where differing realities may exist while questioning the boundaries of normal, abnormal, sane, and insane. Halpern’s recent book ZZYZX begins in the desert east of Los Angeles and moves west through the city to the Pacific revealing a strange harmony of cultures and histories coexisting.
The Wish You Were Here series continues on October 12 at 6 p.m. with photographer Michael Crouser. Crouser will be discussing works from his new book, Mountain Ranch, which focuses on the disappearing world of cattle ranching in the mountains of Colorado. Over the course of ten years, Crouser photographed nine ranching families in northwest Colorado, concentrating on the traditional elements of the families’ lives, including eight first-person narratives by elderly ranchers in the region. In 2014, Crouser was awarded the George Eastman Power of the Image Award in Beijing, China.
The final Wish You Were Here lecture will be held on November 16 at 6 p.m. Photographer Jamey Stillings will present his latest project, Changing Perspectives: Renewable Energy and the Shifting Human Landscape. Stillings explores our complicated history as a fossil fuel–dependent society now shifting toward renewable energy. His aerial photographs both inspire and raise challenging questions about land and resource use while revealing differing perspectives and contradictions within the environmental movement, energy industry, and local communities. Stillings's previous projects include The Bridge at Hoover Dam, The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar, and documenting the construction of the Bausch & Lomb building (1994–95) in downtown Rochester during his nineteen years in the city.
All three Wish You Were Here lectures will be held in the Dryden Theatre, and admission is free for museum members. Admission for non-members: $6 general, $3 students (with ID). Each talk is followed by a book signing. Doors open 45 minutes before the lecture begins, and the museum’s café will be open for dinner, coffee, or dessert.
The Wish You Were Here photography lecture series is generously supported by museum member Dr. Thomas N. Tischer.