As we were leaving the tobacconist’s I saw my friend carefully separating his money; in the left pocket of his waistcoat he slipped all the gold pieces; in the right, the silver; in his left trouser pocket he put a handful of pennies and finally in the right, after the most careful scrutiny, a…
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Gregory Crewdson’s Dream House portfolio for the New York Times, 2002.
"…I just brought two unrelated ideas to the table. One was that I had always wanted to photograph Tilda Swinton and the other was that I also wanted to make a series of photographs in a particular uninhabited ranch house in Vermont. […] We amassed an additional list of actors, who I felt could inhabit the world of my pictures. […] We had mapped out a concept: to spend the entire month of August, with a production crew, in the house, separately photographing these actors. My parameters were that I would have complete artistic control and that the actors must come alone, unaccompanied by assistants or entourage. What ensued was a magical adventure, strange, enchanting and totally unique magical adventure.
— Gregory Crewdson
The Space Race between the USA and Russia? Exactly. Little known fact: Zambia entered the space race in 1964 when a Zambian school teacher asked UNESCO for 7,000,000 pounds (full story here).
Well, the teacher never got the money and the program never happened. But what may be categorized as a failure in the history books inspired this otherworldly photography series by de Middel.
Formerly a photojournalist, de Middel departed from news photography and began her own creative pursuits in 2011 as a freelance photographer for publications like COLORS and Esquire.
We particularly love this series because it answers the question, “What if?” by visually exploring the wonder and fantasy associated with space travel.
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James Jowers (American, 1939-2009) West 3rd Street, 1968, Gelatin silver print, Gift of the photographer, © George Eastman House
James Jowers interest in photography began while serving in the United States Army where he was trained in darkroom procedures. In 1965 he became a student at the New School and studied under Lisette Model, who later became a close friend and mentor. At this time he was living on the Lower East Side and worked as a night porter at St. Luke’s Hospital; leaving him free to explore the City during the day and photograph life as he encountered it on the streets.
The photography collection at George Eastman House holds approx. 400 James Jowers prints. The majority of the images were shot in New York City in the 1960s and early 1970s, an important and interesting time in US history. The photographs are of the New York City street photography genre. There are some remarkable images in this collection, including portraits of New Yorkers in various settings and anti-war protests in Central Park and elsewhere.
Reverse Telescopes With Inflected Baffles
September 12–October 5, 2013
Opening reception September 12, 6–8pm