George Eastman House is known for its rich and diverse photography collection, but often it is only the “greatest hits” that get seen by the general public. One of the perks of working at Eastman House is getting to see photographs that might never make it into the Best of exhibitions. I want to share some of these treasures here.
The Photography Collection holds approximately 200 works by Alfred Stieglitz; a collection that is much requested for loan, exhibition and research. Within this mix of iconic photographs of George O’Keeffe’s hands and images of Lake George is a small collection of lantern slides that Stieglitz made to illustrate lectures.
These objects, made in the late 1800′s, show markings by the artist as well as ones added as museum identifiers. Clearly the marks add to the visual and historical interest of the objects; illustrating parts of their journey over the past 100 + years.
For more Lantern Slides from our collection go here.
Jessica Johnston is an Assistant Curator in the Department of Photographs at George Eastman House. She manages numerous exhibitions and projects at the museum including our recent participation on the Flickr Commons.
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