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I saw parts of the Eastman House in different ways this past weekend, as photographer and musician Graham Nash shared with me what he was seeing throughout the mansion and museum, through his keen and creative photographer’s eye. He was intrigued by Eastman House, from the architecture to the collections, engaging with our conservators and archivists to learn more about daguerreotypes and photograph conservation.
Graham Nash with the framed art awarded to him upon receiving the title of George Eastman Honorary Scholar, presented by Tony Bannon, the Ron and Donna Fielding Director of George Eastman House, and Lisa Brubaker, an officer of the Easmtan House Board of Trustees.
Graham joined us, accompanied by his son, Will, to receive the title of George Eastman Honorary Scholar, for his contribution to photography as an artist and innovator.
He told the sold-out audience, “To be standing here today at George Eastman House is totally, totally amazing. This is an incredible honor. I’ve been a photographer longer than I’ve been a musician and my first passion is photography.”
If it were only through Graham’s music – his lyrics, his arrangements, his compositions –we might say and agree he has made an important part of the culture of our time. But let’s add to that an estimable career as a photographer, one who has imaged the music scene but also the totality of life around us.
While best known for his legendary music career with Crosby, Stills, and Nash as well as The Hollies, for which he has been inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Graham has been taking pictures for more than 50 years and collecting photographs since the 1970s. His visit to Eastman House was timed to coincide with the museum’s current display of the “Taking Aim” rock-photo exhibition he curated.
In the photography archives at Eastman House, Graham and Will experienced the earliest daguerreotype of Daguerre himself (1844) and a daguerreotype of an American cemetery in Shimoda, Japan, believed to be the earliest photographic image of Japan (1855). In the Kay R. Whitmore Conservation Lab, they witnessed a demonstration of a device that detects and maps an image formed on a daguerreotype 170 years ago, even though the original image has long since faded away.
Moved by these experiences, Nash was outspoken at both a press conference and the audience in encouraging support for Eastman House, calling the museum “a complete jewel that is preserving our collective physical and visual memory.”
Graham’s passion for fine-art photography led him to establish Nash Editions, a pioneering and celebrated printmaking studio that produces state-of-the art digital images for a long list of master photographers and artists. Eastman House created and debuted the world premiere of Nash Editions’ “Digital Frontiers” exhibition in 1998. Eastman House toured the exhibition, curated by Therese Mulligan, internationally for five years.
For this pioneering work in photography, The Smithsonian Institution cited Nash Editions for its role in the invention of digital fine-art printing upon acquiring the company’s original equipment and ephemera in 2005. And for services to music and charitable activities, the British-born superstar was named in 2010 an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen of England.