16 April – 10 July 2011
George Eastman House is the world's oldest photography museum and one of the world’s oldest film archives. It opened to the public in 1949 in Rochester, New York, USA. World-renowned for its photograph and motion picture archives, the museum is also a leader in film preservation and photograph conservation, educating archivists and conservators from around the world. The collection includes more than 400 000 photographs and objects.
This exhibition will focus on the Museum’s extensive holdings of 20th century American photography. The works in the exhibition encompass the diverse subject matter chosen by each of these artists, but with a specific focus on the notion of ‘documentary’ photography. Many of these artists engaged in documenting the social life of America from the early twentieth century through to the present day. The exhibition included works by many of the most influential American photographers, such as Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Walker Evans and Edward Steichen amongst others.