Last week we welcomed the 5th cohort of Photographic Preservation and Collections Management graduate students to George Eastman House. This was their first week of classes and we are already exhausted (staff and students). Only another 8 months to go! Today we spent the morning listening to our 16 students report on their summer internships; each student is required to spend 8 weeks in the summer, between year 1 and year 2, working in the field. It was great to hear about their experiences and the list of host institutions is an impressive one; we had students at ICP, the National Gallery of Art, the Getty Research Institute, Chicago History Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and other esteemed institutions. The following pictures are from yesterdays preservation class where the students had a photographic handling lab directed by Archivist, Joe Struble and Assistant Curator, Jamie Allen. I will probably be blogging about the students a lot in the coming months and hope to convince some of them to share their experiences here too.
Joe Struble demonstrates how NOT to handle a photograph.
Students looking at prints after a GEH collections history lecture. This may be the only time you will ever see Alfalfa, Russian Jewess and Afghan Girl sequenced together. The black and white photograph obscured by a student is an Ansel Adams photograph of Yosemite. What a great example of the breadth and diversity of the collections at Eastman House!
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.