Taryn Simon: Birds of the West Indies

In 1936, American ornithologist James Bond (1900–1989) published the definitive taxonomy Birds of the West Indies. Ian Fleming, an active bird-watcher living in Jamaica, appropriated the author's name for his novel's lead character. This appropriation was the first in a series of substitutions and replacements that would become central to the construction of the Bond narrative. Uniting Bond the ornithologist with 007, Taryn Simon uses the title and format of the ornithologist’s taxonomy for her work.

George Eastman Museum announces 2018 photography and film workshop schedule

Rochester, N.Y., November 13, 2017—The George Eastman Museum has announced its 2018 schedule of photography workshops, including several new programs, including a one-day tintype boot camp; hand-coloring film; creating Niepceotype, hyalotype, and albumen on glass plates; and an introduction to analog photography. In addition to workshops being held at the museum, excursion workshops are being offered on the Erie Canal and at Letchworth State Park. 

This Week: George Eastman Museum opens two exhibitions and kicks off film series as part of Stories of Indian Cinema

Rochester, N.Y., November 8, 2017Stories of Indian Cinema, which comprises two exhibitions—Abandoned and Rescued and Nandita Raman: Cinema Play House—will open at the George Eastman Museum on Saturday, November 11, with a preview on the evening of Thursday, November 9. Abandoned and Rescued tells the intriguing story behind the Eastman Museum’s recent acquisition of a collection of contemporary Indian films and posters. Raman’s Cinema Play House series features photographs the artist made in various single-screen cinemas in India, many of which are threatened by the emergence of multiplexes. Both exhibitions will be on view in the museum’s main galleries through May 13, 2018. 

Head of the Library and Special Collections

The George Eastman Museum seeks a forward‐thinking, energetic information professional to direct the Richard and Ronay Menschel Library, home to a world‐class collection of books, rare books, manuscripts, ephemera, and oral history recordings devoted to photography and moving images. The library serves as a research resource to museum staff, graduate and undergraduate students, visiting researchers, and the local community.  The Head of the Library and Special Collections will develop and implement strategies, policies, procedures, and staffing to facilitate researchers’ onsite and online access to the library’s holdings

Director's Note: Thankful for Five Years of Support and Progress

Eugene Richards talks with teens about photography

For the past five years, I have been honored to be the Ron and Donna Fielding Director of the George Eastman Museum. As I reflect, I am thankful to our great staff, the Eastman Museum Council, and all of our members, donors, and volunteers for their essential contributions. I am grateful to our trustees and active trustees emeriti, who have worked with and supported me to formulate our strategic vision. In particular, I thank Thomas Jackson, Steven Schwartz, and Kevin Gavagan—who have served as chairs of the Board of Trustees during my tenure—and former chair Stephen Ashley, who has been an invaluable advisor.

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