Weird and Wonderful

Posted by on Jun 08 2009 | Exploring the Archive

Joe Struble, Archivist of the photography collection, periodically calls curatorial staff into the print room for “art moment”. This happens when something rare or extraordinary is pulled for photography, research, cataloging or conservation. The object might be going back into its box again for years so we like to take the opportunity to  appreciate  it. Last Friday Joe called “art moment” and we all gathered around this odd deer leg lamp with photo-offset lithograph shade.  


Unidentified photographer, Deer Lamp, ca. 1965, photo-offset lithograph, Gift of Geoffrey Batchen


Our exclamations were mixed with glee and horror as we looked at the three photographic scenes depicted on the shade and the legs that support it. The lamp added some fun to our Friday afternoon and it wins my vote for strangest photographic object in the collection.  The lamp was featured in the 2005 exhibition  Forget me Not: Photography and Remembrance  curated by Professor Geoffrey Batchen.


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    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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    1. I’ve long been drawn to vintage taxidermy – somehow the age of it removes the moral issues for me. I had a deer foot lamp like this one. Mine didn’t have the shade though I’ve seen similar ones. I also came across – but didn’t purchase – a deer foot ashtray. Fun piece to share for sure!

      10 Jun 2009 at 8:00 pm