Remembrances of Exhibitions at the George Eastman Museum

Édouard-Denis Baldus, [Exhibition poster for Acquisitions 1973-1980, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York], 1981 (2011.68.111)

Julia Leicester, [Exhibition poster for Composite History: 1850-1935, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York], 1978-79 (2011.68.216)

Félix Bonfils, [Exhibition poster for Remembrances of the Near East: Photographs by Bonfils, 1867-1907, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York], 1980 (2011.68.26)

Robert Fichter, [Exhibition poster for Robert Fichter: Photography and Other Questions 1962-1982, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York], 1982-83 (2011.68.232)

Nickolas Muray, [Exhibition poster for Nickolas Muray, International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, New York], 1974 (2011.68.285)

To commemorate the birth, 164 years ago today, of George Eastman (1854–1932) above are several posters for exhibitions held at the George Eastman Museum, in Rochester, New York.

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Frida Kahlo

Martin Munkasci, Glass plate negatives
Martin Munkácsi, [Frida Kahlo, Mexico City], 1934 (2007.110.212)

Imogen Cunningham, Frida Kahlo, 1931 (2010.22.1)

A pair of portraits of Frida Kahlo, who was born in 1907, 111 years ago today.

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Americana Fantastica

View: Americana Fantastica, January 4, 1943, (2006.53.1)

To commemorate American Independence Day, we present several images and a GIF of this spectacular, sublime, surreal issue of View magazine, Americana Fantastica, with art by Joseph Cornell, Helen Levitt George Platt Lynes, Charles Henri Ford, Kay Sage, Virgil Thompson, Florine Stettheimer, and more… A fantastic America, forever:

View: Americana Fantastica, January 4, 1943, (2006.53.1)

Americana Fantastica
The fantastic has a great tradition, but it is in its nature to be great rather than traditional. And when it is not great, it is always fantastic. Above all it is never professional. The only professional fantast is the prestiditator. If there be any craft of the fantastic, it is acquired by the spur of the moment. The formal organization of an object by Joseph Cornell or a painting by Florine Stettheimer is fantastic because will has become the reflex of the unpredictable perception.
The fantastic is in no instance properly defined as the mere irrational. It is the city of the irrational. It is the irrational plus architecture. It is the real Constitution of a romantic state, and being primarily spatial in nature, organizes, without permission, boundaries that arbitrarily include all features of the social. This organization proceeds at a rate of leisure peculiar to someone unaware of the surveillance of the academy, the police, or God. Yet its livery of lightning, that builds as it destroys, does not cause the fantastic to appear evasive. Before everything, it is the Anti-camouflage, the enemy of self-effacement, and has the ferocity that such a total negation of deceit implies.
Parker Tyler, p. 5

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Independence Day

Unidentified Photographer, [Unidentified Girl with American Flag], ca. 1885 (2007.54.16)

Louis Faurer, Silent Salesman, Philadelphia, ca. 1937 (2013.99.53)

Michael O’Brien, For a portrait, Caesar LaMonica, an 80 year old songwriter and musician, proudly displayed the medals he’s recieved during his 60 year career, January 12, 1977 (925.1979)

Weegee, [Uncle Sam], ca. 1945 (15750.1993)

Weegee, [Uncle Sam and crowd celebrating the end of World War Two], August 1945 (15668.1993)

Unidentified Photographer, [Astronaut David Randolph Saluting Beside the American Flag on the Moon], August 1, 1971 (2012.99.1)

Have a fantastic Independence Day forever.

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summer summer

Lou Bernstein, Coney Island, 1951 (78.1992)

Unidentified Photographer, [Two unidentified girls, one eating watermelon, the other disrobing], ca. 1960 (2012.24.1)

The rich history of snapshot photography has yet to be written. But when that text is transcribed it will finally be possible to understand the complex role that snapshots once played in framing social identity and everyday life in the twentieth century, in every country, across several generations, in very ritualistic and historically specific ways. The consummate middle-class art form, snapshot photography allowed amateur photographers in those pre-Tumblr days to document and to some extent to invent their lives and accomplishments. Occasionally, however, by luck or misfortune, the pictures made by those avid backyard snapshooters exceeded the bounds of the routine occasion. Collectors John and Teenuh Foster of St. Louis, who recently donated to ICP the fantastic photograph above, seek out such photographic aberrations, which they refer to as “accidental mysteries.” The tiny picture is a small miracle of dramatic composition. One girl in a ca. 1960 Brownie uniform chomps down on a slice of watermelon while the other girl twists to escape from the dress she is wearing, exposing one bare shoulder. The joyous summertime relationship between the two adolescent girls and their surprisingly balletic poses create an image that reads like a vernacular Sally Mann. The photographer here is anonymous, however, reminding us that thrilling images such as this, though rare, could be made—or discovered—by almost anyone. (2012.24.1)

Unidentified Photographer, [Unidentified Group], ca. 1924 (2006.66.1)

Larry Silver, Headstand, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, California, 1954 (59.1984)

Leonard Freed, The fire hydrants are opended during the summer heat, Harlem, NY, 1967 (404.1981)

Kai Wiedenhöfer, Young people taking a bath from the summer heat in a creek in the Alborz Mountains just north of Teheran. Teheran, Iran, 2001 (2013.7.6)

Todd Webb, La Salle St., Harlem, New York, 1946 (61.1985)

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The sun

Cynthia Farnell, Steeple, Horry County, South Carolina, 2010 (2010.76.2)

Weegee, [Empire State Building, New York], ca. 1955 (3378.1993)

Weegee, Statue of Liberty, ca. 1961 (5916.1993)

Charles H. Traub, Queensbridge Park, New York, 1988 (446.1991)

Wu Yinxian, Afterglow, Guangxi, 1965 (167.1988)

Ernst Haas, Santa Fe Railroad, New Mexico, 1967 (72.1976)

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Summer solstice

Wu Yinxian, Fisherman’s evening song, Guangxi, 1982 (177.1988)

Harold Feinstein, Twin Delaware Sun, New Hope, Pa., 1963 (592.1982)

Vitaly Butyrin, Young World, 1983 (1092.1986)

Vitaly Butyrin, Requiem in Memoriam of V.S., 1983 (1089.1986)

Soichi Kiyooka, Nikko, Tochigi, 1974 (21.1994)

Paul Caponigro, Stonehenge, 1978 (65.2001)

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