George Eastman Museum
The George Eastman Museum has contributed more than 20,200 images to the Artstor Digital Library. The extensive selection in Artstor represents every aspect of photographic history and innovation, from daguerreotypes through to the late 20th century landscapes of John Pfahl.
The world’s oldest museum of photography was founded in 1947 on the Rochester estate of George Eastman (1854–1932), the pioneer of popular photography and motion picture film. The museum holds unparalleled collections—encompassing several million objects—in the fields of photography, cinema, and photographic and cinematographic technology, and photographically illustrated books. Further, it is a longtime leader in film preservation and photographic conservation. At any given time, the museum hosts three or more temporary exhibitions on photography and cinema in the main exhibition galleries, the Project Gallery for contemporary works, the History of Photography Gallery, and on the second floor of the mansion.
The selection in Artstor features a group of daguerreotypes produced by the Boston firm of Albert Sands Southworth and Josiah Johnson Hawes, who were pioneering portraitists in the United States. Other notable portraitists include Julia Margaret Cameron. There are distinguished examples of 19th century travel and landscape photography, from the Middle East (Abdullah Frères, Fèlix Bonfils), and the American West (William Henry Jackson, Carleton Watkins). Eugène Atget is also well represented. Figures from the Modernist Photo-Secession movement are included, notably Edward Steichen, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Gertrude Kasebier, and Francis Bruguière. Other iconic 20th century photographers include Margaret Bourke-White, Brassaï, Walker Evans, Andreas Feininger, Victor Keppler, Nickolas Muray, Arnold Newman, Arthur Rothstein, Aaron Siskind, Paul Strand, Minor White and many more.
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