Happy Commonsversary, George Eastman House!

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View of Brooklyn Bridge

George P. Hall & Son
View of Brooklyn Bridge, ca. 1905
George Eastman House: 1977:0144:0081MP

One year ago, George Eastman House entered the Flickr Commons. We celebrate the breadth and depth of GEH’s collection in this special post.

George Eastman House is the world’s oldest photography museum. It opened to the public in 1949 in the mansion and gardens that George Eastman, the founder of the Eastman Kodak Company, called home from 1905 to 1932. Eastman  is often hailed as the “father of modern photography” — and remarkably, this week also saw the 155th anniversary of Eastman’s birth … while this year marked the end of the production of Kodak’s famed Kodachrome film.

One of George Eastman House’s more popular sets of photos is that of Nickolas Muray’s images. From sleek Dodge sedans to women with kittens, Muray’s advertising portfolio has captured the hearts of Commons fans. Dodge
Nickolas Muray (set)
The second most “interesting” photograph in the GEH photosteam (right behind that of a rather iconic woman …) is of Grace Sutherland, a carte de visite — the most popular format for portrait photography in the nineteenth century.At turns whimsical, macabre, or poignant, these images are a treat. Miss Grace Sutherland
Carte de Visites and Cabinet Cards (set)
The Eastman collection on Flickr contains gems from photographic geniuses.The most recently uploaded set contains the timeless work of Eugène Atget, who refused to work with the latest advances in photographic technology (for examples of the technology achieved in his era, check out the GEH’s set of images from William M. Vander Weyde). Fete du Trone
Eugène Atget (set)
Personal favorites of mine in their collection are the James Jowers images from the ’60s and ’70s. This street photography is, simply put, stunning. [MAN IN STRIPED SHIRT SHOWING TATTOO]
James Jowers (set)
This past year, George Eastman House, along with other members of the Flickr Commons, celebrated International Women’s Day with a special series of uploads (including, arguably, the most iconic image of a woman ever taken). U.S. Navy WAVES, Woman Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service
Women! (set)
One of GEH’s early uploads is a set from a collection of more than 10,000 glass plate negatives held at George Eastman House by Ch. Chusseau-Flaviens. Not much is known about the collection, so its importance on Flickr cannot be overstated. A rough sampling of comments on this set demonstrate the power of crowdsourcing (and that Flickreenos love these photos!) Madrid scenes de rue
Chusseau – Flaviens (set)

In closing, for your amusement and enjoyment, please click through any of these thumbnails to discover treats of the Eastman legacy, and congratulate the museum founded in his name for its first, fabulous year in the Commons.


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3 Responses to “Happy Commonsversary, George Eastman House!”

  1. Stephanie Fysh Says:

    A very happy indeed! The GEH is the Commons institution I’m closest too — both physically and in how often I’ve been there in the past. I was *very* happy when it joined, and have been really pleased to see it remain active and engaged. The GEH has been a really valuable member of the community as well as of the Commons.

  2. George Eastman House Says:

    And we love Indicommons! Thanks for all the support :)

    — Ryan & Jessica

    (Flickr Commons Picture Mover and Flickr Commons Picture Picker, respectively)

  3. Penny Says:

    Happy commonsversary, GEH!

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