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Eastman House experiencing and “working at” AIPAD in NYC

Posted by on Mar 18 2011 | Behind The Scenes, Other, Photography

Go ahead, be jealous. I DO have the best job in the world.  How many other people can spend three days looking at 82 booths bursting with photographs and call it “work”?

It's the first day of AIPAD 2011 ...

 I’m in New York City for the annual AIPAD photography show at the Armory on Park Avenue. AIPAD is the Association of International Photography Art Dealers, and the fair brings dealers from around the world to New York City to sell everything from the finest vintage photographs to head-turning contemporary work.  Dealers bring what they think will sell, and each year their selection differs.

I have been to AIPAD shows in which I saw the same photograph in ten different booths; that’s not the case this year.  Yes, if you are looking for Ansel Adams’ “Moonrise Over Hernandez” or one of Aaron Siskind’s images from his Levitation series, you will have several places to compare prices. But by and large, there’s not a great deal of replication this year, and that makes for an interesting exhibition. 

Vintage photography "rules" at AIPAD.

Yes, vintage rules at AIPAD, but there are contemporary highlights to be sure. One of the first booths you’ll see is that of the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, pictured here. Bryce’s gallery, located in Chelsea, represents artists from the Helsinki School, many of whom are incorporating new technologies into their photographic work, with great success.

Contemporary work showcased at AIPAD


Thousands are gathering today at the AIPAD fair.

Fun, too, to see the work of friends of George Eastman House on display. The Weinstein Gallery is featuring the work of Alec Soth, the Monroe Gallery is presenting the work  Steven Wilkes, Steve McCurry is well-represented by the Fetterman Gallery, and there are four galleries showing Alex Webb’s work – all these photographers have lectured at Eastman House in recent years. And the Julia Saul Gallery is exhibiting the work of Debbie Grossman, a native of Rochester whose photographic career is really taking off. 

For those interested in photographs as historical documents, there are few better places to be this weekend than AIPAD, where you can find photographs from the Civil War through the present day. A couple galleries, including Gallery 339 and Galerie Priska Pasquer, are sharing the work of contemporary Japanese photographers.  In fact, at Galerie Priska Pasquer, proceeds from sales of the work of Lieko Shiga are being donated to Japanese relief efforts.  Shiga’s home and studio were destroyed last week in the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Sort of puts it all in perspective…. 

 Back to the show … if you’re here, hope you’ll say hello!

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Daguerreotyping at Eastman House

Posted by on Mar 03 2011 | Behind The Scenes, History, Other, Photography

I’m just now packing up my head stand and posing table to take home after the daguerreotype workshop last week. We had a great group here with people from all over as usual. Mike Robinson and I haven’t taught together for years, but it was like the old days back in the mid-1990s when Mike, France and I taught the first process workshops here at the museum with Roger Watson. The images made during last week’s workshop were extraordinary. Todd Gustavson showed the group gems of the technology collection including American and European daguerreotype equipment and Joe Struble laid out an exhibit of rare daguerreotypes I had chosen the week before. The whole experience was as magical as the process.

Daguerreotype of me posing for Mike Robinson.


Workshop attendee David Vogt sitting for the camera.


 David’s Daguerreotype.


Joe Struble and attendee Paul d’Orleans amazed by the results.

Mike and I will cross alternative process paths again this summer in July. France and I will be teaching the Dawn of Photography workshop [photogenic drawings], followed by a workshop on the Wet & Dry Collodion processes at Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire, England. The reunion will be complete because Roger Watson is now the curator of Fox Talbot Museum. As we’re packing up from the collodion workshop Mike will be prepping for a Daguerreotype workshop he’ll be teaching the next week.

As for me, it’s on to carbon printing next…!

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Auction Prep at Sotheby’s

Posted by on Sep 29 2010 | Behind The Scenes

As many of you know, I have been blogging about our Benefit Auction for months… and now and it’s finally here! There’s still alot to do as you can see from these pics below, but it’s really been coming together. We’re thrilled about the response the Auction has gotten so far….from photo lovers as well as some ‘related’ interests’ we’ll be highlighting in upcoming posts.  In the meantime, join me for some backstage unpacking:

Shhh… be very, very quiet… auction of American painting happening about 30 feet away

One of the two colorama prints in the live auction (safely tucked away!)  awaiting hanging

One portion of the online auction contents being sorted in preparation for hanging

And don’t forget…our Online Auction is going on right now!!!

Editor’s Note: You can see the latest behind-the-scenes pics on our Sotheby\’s Benefit Auction Facebook Photo Album.

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Meet Olivia!

Posted by on May 26 2010 | Behind The Scenes, Other, Photography

When I graduated from the Museum’s Photographic Preservation and Collections Management program in 2007, I never imagined I would be back in Rochester working at the Eastman House.

Since January, I have been involved in the upcoming auction, and every day has been an enlightening experience as I continually gain insight into the TREMENDOUS effort that goes into organizing a benefit auction of this magnitude. There are still about 5 months to go before the main event and the online portion go live, and I can say that I am already overwhelmed by the response we have received from so many people we’ve reached out to.

Since I have the fortunate experience of working at a job where every day is like Christmas (and I get to  unwrap yet another fantastic donation), without further ado I introduce you to a donation that tickles me with delight every time I lay eyes on it. It’s one of two works we have by Cornell Capa, and it is titled Female Human Cannonball (1947)a most fitting image as I embark on this new and adventurous fundraising extravaganza!

But this blog won’t just serve as an outlet for bragging rights about all of the fantastic works that have been donated. I’ll be giving you my take on some of the auction’s featured highlights, bringing you up-to-date information about the event, taking you behind-the-scenes, and keeping you all in the loop of the exciting announcements yet to come— because new things happen here every day!

Talk to you again soon….

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Fellowship Awards Preserve Films

Posted by on Jul 27 2009 | Behind The Scenes, Motion Pictures, Student Work

Two nitrate film reels will be shipped out this month for preservation as part of two fellowships awarded to Selznick School graduates Sabrina Negri (Italy) and Elisabeth Rennie (Canada).

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Both students have been given the opportunity to work for one month in a film lab, preparing, printing, and preserving the films from the George Eastman House Collection as an extension to their studies in the field of film archiving.

Sabrina will be heading to Haghefilm laboratory in Amsterdam, Netherlands this August, where she will begin preservation on “Kodachrome Two-Color Test Shots No. III,” (1922) an early color test made by Kodak in their quest to find a marketable method of creating color motion picture film.  Once the project is complete, she will present her work at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival in Italy this October.Kodachrome-1

Elizabeth will be spending her time at Technicolor Lab in Los Angeles, California where she will be inspecting, printing and preserving “His Baby Doll” (1917), an early slapstick comedy short starring Malcolm St. Clair.  The story concerns a young man who is ready to be married.  Finding himself in charge of a small baby during his bachelor party, he is caught in hilarious circumstances of confusion and mayhem with his fiancée and his future father-in-law.His-Baby-Doll1-1

The Motion Picture Department staff is looking forward to both of these preservation projects and wishes both Sabrina and Elisabeth their warmest wishes in their future careers in film archiving.

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