There is always something about an image ... “seeing” what we may have only just imagined. It might be “meeting” an ancestor for the first time via their photograph. Or, seeing the church founded by and worshipped for generations in by your family. Possibly viewing a place of importance to them. Regardless, images have a tendency to produce a visceral reaction in the viewer.
More and more archives of images are regularly becoming available. The most recent one to catch my eye is the one by The George Eastman Museum; after all his name is so synonymous with early photography.
The George Eastman Museum, among the oldest archives of photography in the world, recently launched an online platform that allows you to search through over 250,000 objects from its collections. Aside from thousands of photographs that date back to the medium’s earliest years, the digital archive also features objects from its massive library of artifacts that together chronicle the history of image-making, from vintage cameras to film splicers to advertisements for the Eastman Kodak Company. There is also plenty of material related to the eponymous founder himself — did you know he was a shooter in more ways than one?
Read more about what’s been placed online via Over 250,000 Photographs from the George Eastman Museum Go Online (Hyperallergic).
What image or image series did you find most compelling?
Editor’s Note: Check out related Upfront with NGS posts on photography, photos, images, and historic photos.
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