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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Photographic Process 1.0: The Daguerreotype

Posted by on Jun 05 2012 | Other, Photography

This month we’re highlighting a series of videos on six photographic processes featured throughout our current exhibition, See: Untold Stories.
We’re taking a look at the invention of the process and talking with our curators and historians, who help us put these processes into historical and cultural contexts.

First up, The Daguerrotype.

The discovery of this process forever changed our understanding of time. For the first time in history we could see what our ancestors looked like. Take a look behind the scenes into our world class photograph collection from within our vaults. We currently house more than 3,500 Daguerreotypes, including 1,500 French Daguerrotypes – the largest collection outside France.

Up next, The Collodion Process, The Albumen Print, The Woodburytype, The Platinum Print, and The Gelatin Silver Print.

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