Tony Bannon’s 16 years: Part 4

Posted by on Apr 27 2012 | Photography

We are celebrating Tony Bannon’s final weeks as director with a look at 16 successes over his 16 years. Today we share three more …


10) Outreach and Community Engagement

Eliza Kozlowski, Director of Communications and Visitor Engagement:

Tony has encouraged a heightened visitor experience and established the Museum’s first visitor services program. And he has spearheaded community collaboration to present socially conscious exhibitions and programs, such as the Picturing What Mattersexhibition one year after the Sept. 11 attacks, which hosted more than thousands of public photo submissions and 3,000 people on the Eastman House lawn for a candlelight vigil. Tony has served the community on the boards of Arts & Cultural Council, Rochester School for the Deaf, and High Falls Film Festival. And he championed the creation of the Eastman Young Professionals organization, which today is 2,000-members strong.

Eastman House coordinated a community vigil during the exhibition "Darfur, Darfur."


11) Camera Technology Collection

Todd Gustavson, Curator of Technology:

We adopted an aggressive collecting policy during Tony Bannon’s tenure, during which time he appointed me curator of the Technology Collection. He’s like the Energizer Bunny; he just keeps going and going. The technology vault has doubled in size and the collection is now the world’s largest collection of cameras and related equipment. Tony also has encouraged the publishing of books to showcase the collection, including the best-selling 2009 book Camera, out in paperback this September, and the 2011 book 500 Cameras, now available as an e-book, plus an upcoming book on snapshots.

Todd Gustavson, left, signs copies of the 2009 book "Camera."


12) Entrepreneurship

Peter Briggs, Manager of Commercial Development:

Tony realizes the importance of a staff position focused on commercial development. With this as a focus, Eastman House has entered into agreements to showcase the collection and raise funds through sale of prints, image-licensing, and publishing of books, including Getty Images, New York Times Store, Sterling Publishing, and Orange Logic. We have partnered with the company Levenger to sell reproductions of George Eastman’s reading desk and with Marshall Field’s to sell framed prints of the “First Photograph of Lighting” from our collection. We are continually looking for opportunities to showcase our collections while realizing the benefit of monetization for our non-profit museum and the millions of photo and film artifacts we preserve.


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    Dresden Engle is the Public Relations Manager for George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.

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