When Director Anthony Bannon welcomes The Photographic Historical Society’s PhotoHistory XV symposium to the Dryden Theater this October 22, it will be the 15th time we have shared resources with George Eastman House in the 41 years since the first PhotoHistory. It is a valuable partnership for all concerned. For our Society, it provides an association with the premier photographic historical facility in the world. For Rochester and GEH it brings an unmatched degree of attention created by the attendance of the world’s leading photo historians who will be in attendance here this October. We are extremely pleased that our long relationship continues with respect and affection.
We anticipate that PhotoHistory XV will bring some 150 visitor-historians drawn here by a rich selection of original papers that will cover old photographic processes, the development of the photo industry, the history of color photography and much more. Our speakers join us from five countries for the talks, which are a major component of the symposium. Registrants also participate in a Trade Show and Swap meet on the following day.
At previous symposia have heard from such notables as Beaumont Newhall, photographic historian and Director of Eastman House; Edwin Land, inventor of the Polaroid camera; and Steven Sasson, inventor of the digital camera.
The Photographic Historical Society, founded in 1966, is the first organized society devoted to photographic history and the preservation of photo antiques. This year, in a bid to attract younger historians, we are offering students free admission to the symposium. The 15th PhotoHistory changes from a triennial event to one held every two years by popular request. As president of The Photographic Historical Society and general chairman of PhotoHistory XV, I invite you to check our web site at www.tphs.org and to join us to meet historians, collectors, photo experts, and dealers from around the world.