George Eastman Museum

George Eastman Museum World's foremost museum of photography and cinema located on the historic estate of George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography.
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Before we put objects into a glass case, our object preparators and exhibitions team lay them out to ensure that each ob...
04/22/2020

Before we put objects into a glass case, our object preparators and exhibitions team lay them out to ensure that each object is well supported and can be easily seen by guests.

Our badly photoshopped cat Wigglespoof is there for moral support. He's not very good at his job.

Happy #MuseumSunshine Day! We're celebrating by sharing a yellow tinted film clipping from our collection. Why? In the e...
04/21/2020

Happy #MuseumSunshine Day! We're celebrating by sharing a yellow tinted film clipping from our collection.

Why? In the early 20th century, in order to add color to black and white film strips, they could fully tint the film itself a color. Blue was used for sad, night or watery scenes. Red was used for angry, passionate or fire scenes. Yellow was selected when scenes were outdoors in the sunshine or were a sign of happiness. We hope you have a yellow tinted day!

(Unidentified film clipping).

04/20/2020
How to turn a room into a camera obscura

Want to turn a room into a camera obscura? Nick Marshall, manager of exhibitions and programs, shares how you can do this with objects found around your home! PDF instructions available at eastman.org/activities.

A camera obscura is an optical device that makes a projection from the light entering a darkened space through a small hole (or aperture). Inside the camera obscura, viewers will see whatever happens to be in front of the aperture, the only difference is that the projection looks upside down and backwards. Before photography, the camera obscura was used to more perfectly illustrate images, as one could trace what appeared projected on the wall.

04/19/2020
Museum From Home: Joan Crawford's Stereoviews

Did you know Joan Crawford created stereoviews while shooting JOHNNY GUITAR (1954)? Learn more from Liana Kroll, Head of Information, Research, and Access in the Moving Image Department.

As an artist-mother-educator, Bea Nettles has investigated universal themes such as family, childhood, and aging through...
04/18/2020
ONLINE—Artist–Mother–Educator | George Eastman Museum

As an artist-mother-educator, Bea Nettles has investigated universal themes such as family, childhood, and aging throughout her fifty-year career. On Saturday, May 2, 1 p.m., we are hosting a free online multigenerational panel discussion with Nettles, Rania Matar, and Jessica Todd Harper to explore the topics of art, motherhood and education. Register online now

As an artist-mother-educator, Bea Nettles has investigated universal themes such as family, childhood, and aging throughout her fifty-year career. These concepts will be explored as part of this multigenerational panel discussion with Nettles, Rania Matar, and Jessica Todd Harper.

It's Friday night, which means its movie night! The Virtual Dryden Theatre is now open. Head to our website to check out...
04/17/2020
ONLINE—Earth (2019) | George Eastman Museum

It's Friday night, which means its movie night! The Virtual Dryden Theatre is now open. Head to our website to check out our first streaming film, EARTH (2019).

For $12, you can watch this film that was handpicked by our Dryden team, paired with our classic film introduction, and a portion of that rental fee goes directly to supporting the theater. Enjoy!

Dryden at Home | Streaming Online. This documentary observes seven major projects around the world, the effect they have on our landscape, and the views of the people working in them.

Throwback to Dutch Connection, our annual floral display. We're missing the sights and smells of the historic mansion in...
04/16/2020

Throwback to Dutch Connection, our annual floral display. We're missing the sights and smells of the historic mansion in bloom! Professor Puddinpop, our badly photoshopped kitty, is missing all the places he could hide behind and jump out at people.

04/15/2020

Chief object preparator Emily Phoenix shares the project she is currently working on from home, creating new stereocards for the Discovery Room!

Register now for Saturday's 12 p.m. Focus 45 webinar featuring masters students from our Photographic Preservation and C...
04/14/2020
ONLINE—PPCM Master's Essay Presentations | George Eastman Museum

Register now for Saturday's 12 p.m. Focus 45 webinar featuring masters students from our Photographic Preservation and Collections Management program as they share insights from their research.

Students in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management—the George Eastman Museum's joint graduate program with the University of Rochester—will present their research.

100 years ago, George Eastman traveled to Japan "for sightseeing and meeting of old and new friends, for a mutual exchan...
04/14/2020
One Hundred Years Ago: George Eastman in 1920 | George Eastman Museum

100 years ago, George Eastman traveled to Japan "for sightseeing and meeting of old and new friends, for a mutual exchange of views, and for the promotion of friendly and intimate relations between our two nations.”

Learn more at eastman.org/GE1920.

With World War I over and Kodak’s global expansion well underway, Eastman focused on making the company a leader in industrial relations and making Rochester a better place to live for his workers.

Grab your crayons, pencils, and markers! We've released all of our coloring pages online at eastman.org/activities, incl...
04/13/2020
Eastman Museum at Home | George Eastman Museum

Grab your crayons, pencils, and markers! We've released all of our coloring pages online at eastman.org/activities, including views from the historic mansion and gardens, George Eastman's life, and film stills from the moving image collection.

We are excited to share that you can now enjoy digitized selections from the Eastman Museum's Moving Image collections o...
04/10/2020
Digitized Films Online | George Eastman Museum

We are excited to share that you can now enjoy digitized selections from the Eastman Museum's Moving Image collections online: eastman.org/filmsonline

Check out two delightful shorts from 1917 on home canning and exercise, as well as a documentary short by Leo Hurwitz. We will continue to add titles, so visit often.

Enjoy digitized selections from the George Eastman Museum's Moving Image collections online. All the films are preserved at the George Eastman Museum and are available for archival film projection as well as digitally. We will continue to add titles, so visit often.

04/09/2020
Museum From Home: Eadweard Muybridge

Happy Birthday, Eadweard Muybridge! Meghan Jordan, Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Photography, is back with a brief introduction to the technique that made Muybridge famous.

Transcript: Hey there, you may remember me, Meghan Lynn Jordan, Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Photography at the George Eastman Museum, and I am back to tell you super quickly about photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Now in the early 1870s Muybridge was tasked with trying to figure out whether all four hooves of a horse left the ground at the same time during a trot or a gallop. Now he was able to successfully establish that this did occur via photography but how the heck does that work? Well he lined 12 cameras up on a track and as the horse ran by it triggered each camera creating multiple images. Now he enjoyed this technique so much that he used it to make the series Animals in Locomotion which was first published in its entirety in 1887. Now this technique of laying down multiple cameras and creating multiple images of the same object may sound familiar and that’s because it has been adapted by modern day filmmakers to create movies such as the Matrix with the use of bullet time. Now this proves that Muybridge has had a lasting impact on the arts and sciences. Now if you’re interested in learning more about Muybridge the George Eastman Museum holds a large collection of his photographs so head to our website to view them.

Pro tip: Feed your badly photoshopped cats before beginning film inspection. It makes it very hard to look for little de...
04/08/2020

Pro tip: Feed your badly photoshopped cats before beginning film inspection. It makes it very hard to look for little details of damage or deterioration when they are staring... always staring.

George Eastman knew the power of good advertising and was actively involved in the process of brainstorming and designin...
04/07/2020
Kodak Ads

George Eastman knew the power of good advertising and was actively involved in the process of brainstorming and designing ads at Kodak. Explore these delightful historic advertisements on our Collections Online.

Love what we are doing? Here are three easy ways to support the Eastman Museum!1. Donate to the annual fund2. Become a m...
04/06/2020

Love what we are doing? Here are three easy ways to support the Eastman Museum!
1. Donate to the annual fund
2. Become a member or renew your membership
3. Be an ambassador! Share our stories and content with family and friends, write positive reviews, and tag us in your photographs and posts on social media.

Thanks to Quajay Donnell for the amazing photo and for being a great ambassador.

04/05/2020
A Tour of the Nitrate Vaults

Ready to see where we store our highly flammable nitrate films? Join Collections Manager Deborah Stoiber on a tour of the Louis B. Mayer Conservation Center!

Join Collections Manager Deborah Stoiber on a tour of the Louis B. Mayer Conservation Center, where we store our highly flammable nitrate film.

George Eastman Museum's cover photo
04/03/2020

George Eastman Museum's cover photo

We've (virtually) opened up the museum to guests! Visit eastman.org/virtual-tours to take these online tours:🏛️ Historic...
04/03/2020
Virtual Tours | George Eastman Museum

We've (virtually) opened up the museum to guests!

Visit eastman.org/virtual-tours to take these online tours:
🏛️ Historic mansion
🥼Conservation lab
📷Technology vault
💐Select gardens

Explore the museum from home with our virtual tours. Through the links below, you can access the historic mansion, see select behind-the-scenes areas, and tour the gardens in full bloom. Available Virtual Tours:

Anyone else missing the gardens? Here's a throwback to a summer day when our badly photoshopped kitty, Edgar the Grey, w...
04/02/2020

Anyone else missing the gardens? Here's a throwback to a summer day when our badly photoshopped kitty, Edgar the Grey, was out enjoying the sunshine. Wait a minute... what is Ms. Friskyclaws doing?! Well, now we know what happened to all the fish.

04/01/2020
How to Make a Miniature Photoshoot

Grab your phone, some toys, and a light source... we're staging a miniature photoshoot! Nick Brandreth shares some tips and tricks for taking great closeup photos using just your phone and objects you can find around the house.

For her series Rachel’s Holidays, Bea Nettles worked with her daughter, Rachel, to create props, and plan the images lik...
03/31/2020

For her series Rachel’s Holidays, Bea Nettles worked with her daughter, Rachel, to create props, and plan the images like this one. Explore more by Nettles at bit.ly/beanettles.

Bea Nettles (American, b. 1946). String of Hearts, 1984, from Rachel's Holidays. Dye imbibition print. George Eastman Museum, gift of the artist. © Bea Nettles

03/30/2020
How to Make a Flipbook

Let's make a flipbook!

A flipbook is a series of pictures on a stack of paper, bound together so that each card is like one movie frame. When you flip the cards rapidly with your thumb, it looks like the images are moving! Instructions are available at eastman.org/activities.

03/29/2020
What is a spectrophotometer?

What is a spectrophotometer? Assistant Conservator Sarah Casto shares a little about this conservation tool and why it is important!

We're working (from home) on some fresh new content! What do you want to see? Lewis W. Hine (American, 1874–1940). [Typi...
03/28/2020

We're working (from home) on some fresh new content! What do you want to see?

Lewis W. Hine (American, 1874–1940). [Typists], ca. 1906-1938. Negative, gelatin on nitrocellulose sheet film. Eastman Museum. Gift of the Photo League Lewis Hine Memorial Committee.

03/27/2020

Happy Birthday, Edward Steichen! Meghan Jordan, Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Photography, shares a little background this notable photographer in under 60 seconds.

Transcript: Hey there my name is Meghan Lynn Jordan and I’m the Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Photography at the George Eastman Museum and I am here today to tell you super quickly about photographer Edward Steichen. Steichen was born in Luxembourg in 1879 and immigrated in 1881 at the age of 2 to America with his mother. His mother brought him to America because she wanted him to have all of the opportunities that she was never afforded and he took that opportunity and he ran with it. He became one of the most prominent figures in American photography in the 20th century. He co-owned the Pictorialist gallery 291 with photographer Alfred Stieglitz and helped Stieglitz with the Pictorialist journal Camera Work. He became a ground breaking fashion and celebrity photographer photographing for magazines such as Vogue. He served in WWI and WWII in the Army and Navy leading aerial photography units. For 20 years he was the Director of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City curating on of the greatest exhibitions The Family of Man. Now if you’re interested in learning more about Edward Steichen you should head to over website where you can view our collection.

03/27/2020
Museum at Home: Edward Steichen in 60 Seconds

Happy Birthday, Edward Steichen! Meghan Jordan, Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Photography, shares a little background on this notable photographer in under 60 seconds.

Transcript: Hey there my name is Meghan Lynn Jordan and I’m the Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Photography at the George Eastman Museum and I am here today to tell you super quickly about photographer Edward Steichen. Steichen was born in Luxembourg in 1879 and immigrated in 1881 at the age of 2 to America with his mother. His mother brought him to America because she wanted him to have all of the opportunities that she was never afforded and he took that opportunity and he ran with it. He became one of the most prominent figures in American photography in the 20th century. He co-owned the Pictorialist gallery 291 with photographer Alfred Stieglitz and helped Stieglitz with the Pictorialist journal Camera Work. He became a ground breaking fashion and celebrity photographer photographing for magazines such as Vogue. He served in WWI and WWII in the Army and Navy leading aerial photography units. For 20 years he was the Director of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City curating on of the greatest exhibitions The Family of Man. Now if you’re interested in learning more about Edward Steichen you should head to over website where you can view our collection.

Throwback Thursday, since we're missing our badly photoshopped cats who are on an adventure in Rochester. Check out the ...
03/26/2020

Throwback Thursday, since we're missing our badly photoshopped cats who are on an adventure in Rochester. Check out the Little Theatre to see what they are up to now.

Our collection managers are responsible for the care, organization, preservation & cataloging of the collections. Miss Binky is responsible for nothing, because she's an adorable wittle kitty, oh yes you are, snugglekins!

03/25/2020
What is a Darkroom?

What's a darkroom? What are the different things you might see in one? Nick Brandreth tours us around the Eastman Museum's darkroom in our newest edition of Darkroom Magic!

Discover colorful and personal photographic medallions and buttons in our online collections! These large photographic o...
03/24/2020
Results | Search Objects | George Eastman Museum

Discover colorful and personal photographic medallions and buttons in our online collections!

These large photographic objects were popular from 1900 to 1930. Most incorporate a photograph into a decorative border and the back has either a hook for hanging or an easel stand for propping.

The process for making these objects is the same as that for making any pin-back button. A photograph, supplied by the buyer, is reproduced and cut to the desired shape and size. The trimmed photograph and border design (if a border design is incorporated) are mounted to a sheet of celluloid using heated rollers. The celluloid-covered photograph is then placed in a press and the outside edges are crimped over an aluminum shell. Lastly, a metal retaining ring is secured over the crimped edges.

Explore the George Eastman Museum's collections online. More than a quarter of a million objects from the photography, technology, and George Eastman Legacy collections are now searchable, and more of the museum's vast holdings will be added on an ongoing basis.

03/23/2020

Let's make a thaumatrope!

A thaumatrope is an optical toy that was popular in the 19th century. It is a disk with a picture on each side and two strings. When the strings are twirled quickly, the images appear to blend together. Instructions available at eastman.org/activities.

We set a trap in the Conservatory and were able to capture some of our badly photoshopped cats. Our Eastman Kitties are ...
03/22/2020

We set a trap in the Conservatory and were able to capture some of our badly photoshopped cats. Our Eastman Kitties are heading off on an adventure!

I heard photoshopped cats really like popcorn... The Little Theater, are you ready to entertain our furbabies?

The hardest part about being a conservator is making sure not to disturb the cat sitting on your back. It takes years of...
03/21/2020

The hardest part about being a conservator is making sure not to disturb the cat sitting on your back. It takes years of training to make your shoulders into the purrfect kitty spot.

Happy Saturday from "Behind the Scenes at Eastman Museum, featuring Badly Photoshopped Cats"

How many cats did it take to hang Lorna Bieber's Tapestry (2015)?The answer is zero. Using cats to hang photographic wor...
03/20/2020

How many cats did it take to hang Lorna Bieber's Tapestry (2015)?

The answer is zero. Using cats to hang photographic works is a terrible idea. They have no sense of whether it is perfectly aligned

Part of "Behind the Scenes at Eastman Museum, featuring Badly Photoshopped Cats"

Did you know you can make 35mm film from scratch with our historic process workshops team? Did you know Chuck the cat pr...
03/19/2020

Did you know you can make 35mm film from scratch with our historic process workshops team? Did you know Chuck the cat prefers 35mm film to other toys?

Part of "Behind the Scenes at Eastman Museum, featuring Badly Photoshopped Cats." We don't really have live cats in the museum.

Another day, another "Behind the Scenes at Eastman Museum, featuring Badly Photoshopped Cats." While the museum is close...
03/18/2020

Another day, another "Behind the Scenes at Eastman Museum, featuring Badly Photoshopped Cats." While the museum is closed, we're doing touch-ups on the historic mansion. Here a painter keeps the ceiling in the billiard room looking perfect. Augustus the cat is not helping at all.

Continuing "Behind the Scenes at Eastman Museum, featuring Badly Photoshopped Cats" with our library, an internationally...
03/17/2020

Continuing "Behind the Scenes at Eastman Museum, featuring Badly Photoshopped Cats" with our library, an internationally renowned research collection of books and other materials on photography and moving images. It also includes Binky the cat, who is not part of the collection.

We asked what content you wanted, and the response was for behind the scenes content and cats. We proudly present: "Behi...
03/16/2020

We asked what content you wanted, and the response was for behind the scenes content and cats. We proudly present: "Behind the Scenes at Eastman Museum, featuring Badly Photoshopped Cats."

Our Eastman Museum Historic Workshops team is always working behind the scenes to recreate historic pre-photographic, photographic, and moving image techniques. Mr. Snufflefluff is always working to find more comfy places to sleep... like this historic camera.

Cat via Clipart Library.

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Museum History

Entrepreneur George Eastman (1854–1932), the pioneer of popular photography, completed his Colonial Revival mansion on East Avenue in Rochester in 1905 and resided there until his death. He bequeathed most of his assets to the University of Rochester, expressing a desire that his mansion serve as the residence for the university president. The large house, measuring 35,000 square feet, proved far too large for this purpose, especially without a large service staff.

In 1947, the Board of Regents of the State of New York chartered George Eastman House Inc. as an independent nonprofit educational institution—specifically, a museum of photography and allied pursuits created as a memorial to George Eastman. The next year, the University of Rochester donated Eastman’s mansion and surrounding property to the museum. The institution altered its name several times over the ensuing decades, but its mission has remained steadfast: to collect, preserve, study, and exhibit photographic and cinematic objects and related technology from the inception of each medium to the present.

At the museum’s opening in 1949, it was one of only two American museums with a photography department and one of only two American museums with a film department (the Museum of Modern Art also had both). In 1951, the museum opened the beautiful Dryden Theatre, with seating for more than five hundred people, to exhibit films.

The George Eastman Museum’s position as a leader in its fields is founded on the curatorial visions of Beaumont Newhall, James Card, Rudolf Kingslake, George C. Pratt, Nathan Lyons, Philip Condax, and the gifted leaders and curators who followed them. For the first couple decades of the museum’s history, its curators, faced with relatively limited competition from other collecting institutions, were able to develop world-class collections of great breadth, depth, and quality—mostly through generous gifts from photographers, filmmakers, collectors, and corporate donors.

For almost forty years, the museum displayed objects from its collections in the rooms of George Eastman’s mansion. As its collections expanded and experts became more knowledgeable about the nature and importance of appropriate conditions for the storage of photographs and film, a new museum facility became essential.

In 1989, the museum completed construction of a 73,000-square-foot building (more than 70 percent of which is below ground level) that included climate-controlled collection vaults, exhibition galleries, libraries, offices, and photographic conservation and film preservation labs.

Given that George Eastman’s mansion was no longer to be occupied by the exhibition and storage of the photography and cinema collections, a determined group (almost entirely of women), led by Georgia Potter Gosnell and Nancy Turner, undertook the heroic effort of an exacting restoration of the historic mansion and grounds. Based on vintage photographs and other historical evidence, virtually all of the complex decorative interiors of the first floor of the mansion were restored and more than 85 percent of its original furnishings were returned during the two-year process.

Today, visitors to the George Eastman Museum can view at least three temporary exhibitions on photography and cinema in our galleries, tour George Eastman’s mansion and gardens (a National Historic Landmark), and see daily films at the Dryden Theatre.


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Para quem gosta de fotografia antiga, de arquivo de imagem e museu de equipamento fotografico, o antigo Museu Kodak, agora George Eastman Museum, vale a pena a visita. A entrada e' gratuita e fica ali mesmo ao virar dum 'click'
Hope you find this film interesting showing the Eastman Dental Dispensary in 1954-55. The film is about 10 mins and the Dispensary is shown after about 4 minutes.😀
Wondering what photographic history GEM might have regarding carousel history through the years and if a program could be developed and presented to a national organization about it in the fall of 2020?
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My hubby and I drove up from Baltimore, MD to Rochester, NY last weekend for his birthday ... it must have been FATE that you were having a Warner Bros. Cartoon exhibit! I am such a WB groupie ... back in the 70s and 80s, I saw Chuck Jones at the AFI in DC in the 70s; Bob Clampett at Montgomery College (MD); and Mel Blanc at the Smithsonian in DC. I'm thinking about getting a tattoo of Tex Avery's "Owl Jolson" because I love to sing-a!
how do u get pics valued from eastman
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I just saw our very own docent, Justin, on the news being interviewed at Wegmans about a new grocery store helper app for the blind. First of its kind in the country. Way to go Justin!
Can you send me information on submitting a gingerbread house for sweet creations? Thank you!
What a great way to celebrate the130th anniversary of the Kodak camera!