A History of Photography

October 17, 2015–February 28, 2016, History of Photography Gallery

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    Alexis Gouin (French, d. 1855). Seated woman with dog in her lap, ca. 1850. Daguerreotype. George Eastman Museum, gift of Eastman Kodak Company, ex-collection Gabriel Cromer.

The George Eastman Museum photography collection is among the best and most comprehensive in the world. With holdings that include objects ranging in date from the announcement of the medium’s invention in 1839 to the present day, the collection represents the full history of photography. Works by renowned masters of the medium exist side-by-side with vernacular and scientific photographs. The collection also includes all applications of the medium, from artistic pursuit to commercial enterprise and from amateur pastime to documentary record, as well as all types of photographic processes, from daguerreotypes to digital prints.

The museum's History of Photography Gallery is dedicated to rotating installations that demonstrate photography’s historical trajectory through photographs and cameras drawn from the collection. The selection of photographs changes approximately three times a year, continually refreshing the experience of visiting the Eastman Museum and offering regular opportunities to display the museum’s treasures.

This new rotation, on view from October 17, 2015, to February 21, 2016, is curated by ​Ross Knapper, collection manager in the Department of Photography​.​

The selection of photographs highlight a range of mediums​ by photographers Samuel Bemis, H. J. & B. F. Kennedy, James Sinclair, Abigail Wyman Wilder, Elias Goldensky, Paul Anderson, Nahum Luboshez, Gabriel Cromer, Louis Condax, Edward Weston, Victor Kepler, Betty Hahn, Jerry Burchfield, Mark Cohen, Mary Ellen Mark, Olivia Parker, Rick Hock, Irving Penn, Graciela Iturbide, Joe Deal, Layla Essaydi, and Carrie Mae Weems.  ​

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