Art of the Day: History of Photography at the George Eastman Museum

Today marks the debut of a new NYSCA Network feature, Art of the Day, which will showcase the art, music, theater, film, literature, and dance our grantees are creating and curating throughout New York State.

Today’s art comes from the George Eastman Museum in Rochester and includes two stunning images from the exhibition ‘A History of Photography’: one of a steelworker atop a skyscraper and another of tourists climbing a pyramid.

This installation, on view from May 12 to October 8, 2017, provides an overview of the history of photography through photographs of architecture, one of the medium’s earliest and most popular subjects. The photographs were made by a variety of practitioners—professionally trained architectural photographers, tourists, artists—and highlight the wide range of approaches that photographers have adopted in their depictions of the built environment.

NYSCA supports the Eastman Museum through our Museum and Electronic Media & Film Programs.

Lewis W. Hine (American, 1874–1940). Steelworker, Empire State Building, ca. 1931. Gelatin silver print. George Eastman Museum, gift of the Photo League Lewis Hine Memorial Committee.

Maison Bonfils (French, active Beirut, Lebanon, est. 1867). Tourists climbing up a pyramid, ca. 1885. Albumen silver print. George Eastman Museum, museum accession.

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