John Cyr’s Developer Trays Series

Posted by on Jan 15 2013 | Photography

A tool from every photographer’s darkroom

Sally Mann’s Developer Tray, 2011 © John Cyr

Eastman House recently acquired 13 photographs by John Cyr from his series Developer Trays. The series documents the important, albeit utilitarian, tool of every photographer’s darkroom. Six of the

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archival pigment prints were generously donated by the Catherine Edelman Gallery. Six others were purchased with funds from the Charina Foundation. The 13th print, George Eastman’s Developer Tray, was donated by the photographer.

Ansel Adams’s Developer Tray, 2011 © John Cyr

Cyr explains, “I am photographing available developer trays so that the photography community will remember specific, tangible printing tools that have been a seminal part of the photographic experience for the past hundred years…” 

George Eastman’s Developer Tray, 2011 © John Cyr



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Happy Birthday, Aaron Siskind

Posted by on Dec 04 2012 | Photography

On December 4th, Aaron Siskind would have been 110. Here’s a celebratory picture by the great photographer – Happy Birthday Aaron Siskind!

Aaron Siskind (American, 1903-1991) Pullman Porters ca. 1935 gelatin silver print 1969:0081:0009 Copyright Aaron Siskind Foundation

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” -Aaron Siskind




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Mary Ellen Mark and 60 from the 60s

Posted by on Oct 03 2012 | Other

Next week we’ll be opening our new exhibit 60 from the 60s“. Our assistant curator of photographs, Jamie Allen was able to spend some time talking with documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark about her career and work. Mark’s work is included in our new exhibit – along with work from Harry Callahan, Benedict J. Fernandez, Hollis Frampton, Betty Hahn, Robert Heinecken, Roger Mertin, Arnold Newman, Aaron Siskind, and Garry Winogrand.

60 from the 60s opens this weekend.




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