George Eastman House applauds Jeff Bridges on the awards he has received for his role as Bad Blake in Crazy Heart. On March 7th, we will be waiting on the edge of our Dryden Theatre seats— along with 600 of our closest friends— at the Eastman House annual party to see if he takes home his first Oscar® as Actor in a Lead Role for the film.
During his 2004 visit to Eastman House to celebrate his exhibition Jeff Bridges —Pictures and a Dryden Theatre film series dedicated to his film career, Bridges also received the award of George Eastman Honorary Scholar for his work in motion pictures and photography. The exhibit was the first museum exhibition of his work and one of the most popular in the Museum’s history. And Bridges? Well, ‘the Dude’ was one of the most gracious, modest, and approachable artists we’ve ever hosted.
“It is such an honor to have a photography exhibition at George Eastman House,” Bridges told the sold-out audience. “To be recognized by this incredible museum for my photography, and as a George Eastman Honorary Scholar, is one of the proudest moments of my career.”
Past recipients of the award include actors Tony Curtis, Dennis Hopper, and Richard Widmark; filmmakers John Frankenheimer, Norman Jewison, Ken Burns, Philip Kaufman, and John Landis; cinematographer Haskell Wexler; film critic Roger Ebert; and animation artist Ray Harryhausen.
Bridges has appeared in more than 60 motion pictures and began taking photographs as a teenager. Jeff Bridges —Pictures featured an intimate collection of images he captured of cast and crew on his movie sets (including the Coen Brothers 1998 classic, The Big Lebowski). His black-and-white pictures were shot with a Widelux F8 camera (a wedding gift from his wife, Sue) that pans nearly 180 degrees.
“One of the things I love about the wide-format camera is that when you take the picture, many people aren’t aware that they’re in the photos,” Bridges said. “Viewers can really look around in each photograph and see many little worlds and scenes going on. I think that is more how we experience life.”
Dresden Engle is the Public Relations Manager for George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.