As we head into the weekend leading up to Chautauqua Institute’s Week Five Picture This: Photography, I look forward to the full calendar of outstanding speakers and events to come.
Established in 1874, Chautauqua has developed as a major center for the arts, culture, and reflection. It’s nine-week summer session tackles nine different compelling topics. This year, George Eastman House and Eastman Kodak Company have teamed with the Chautauqua Institution to present a week of programming starting July 25th. It was my pleasure to select speakers for the week that will be familiar and popular favorites to our Eastman House community:
• Magnum and National Geographic Photographer Steve McCurry
• Former Kodak Engineer Steve Sasson, who developed the first digital camera
• Curator of Photographs at Eastman House Alison Nordström
• Photojournalist Ed Kashi
• Christopher Mahoney, Senior Vice President of Sotheby’s Photographs Department
• Margaret Geller, Senior Scientist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass
• Fred Ritchin, professor at the Tisch School at NYU, and the director of PixelPress
• Jimmy Colton, Photography Editor at Sports Illustrated
• former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins
Steve McCurry (American b. 1950)
Afghan Refugee Girl
chromogenic color print
George Eastman House Collection
In addition, we will have two celebrated authors and photographers conducting presentations and workshops with us. David Friend, creative editor at Vanity Fair magazine, will discuss his book Watching the World Change: The Stories Behind the Images of 9/11. Todd Gustavson, our own Curator of Technology, will be discussing and signing his groundbreaking book. Camera: A History of Photography from Daguerreotype to Digital, now in it’s third printing. Jeff Dunas, photo artist and Director of the Palm Springs Photo Festival, will be leading a Portraiture workshop and Ross Whitaker, moving and still photographer, will run a workshop on photographing children and a portfolio review session.
A full Week 5 calendar is available by clicking here.
For those who can’t make the trip to the New York’s Southern Tier, you can still join us at Photoweek@The Chautauqua Institution where we will be bringing images, interviews and highlights of this remarkable experience.
Editor’s note: Dr. Bannon will be also speaking on Friday afternoon, July 30th.
Dr. Anthony Bannon is the Director of George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. He has held that position since 1996, previously serving as director of the Burchfield-Penney Arts Center, and director of Cultural Affairs on the campus of the State University of New York at Buffalo, both located in Buffalo, N.Y.