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George Eastman House: Largest Exhibition in its History

All eyes will be on George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film this fall as it presents the largest exhibition in its history -- The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the W.M. Hunt Collection. More than 500 photographs by the masters of the medium will be on view. It is dedicating all of its primary gallery space to this exhibition.

Earlier this year The New Yorker referred to the collector as “the legendary W.M. Hunt." He is a renowned curator and dealer who has been collecting photographs for 40 years. Eastman House will present the first major U.S. exhibition of the collection, of which APERTURE is simultaneously publishing a book titled The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious, to be released in October.

The collector’s first purchase was an Imogen Cunningham photograph, in which the subject’s eyes are veiled and unseen by the camera.  The featured works range from daguerreotype to digital by photographers such as Berenice Abbot, Richard Avedon, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Annie Leibovitz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Irving Penn, Many Ray, Edward Steichen, Edward Weston, and Joel-Peter Witkin, as well 19th-century work from Nadar, Alinari, and Roger Fenton. The whole range of photographic processes  as well different formats is featured via the 500 photographs, selected from the 1,500 images in the collection.

Details of the exhibition can be found here, and the official press release here.


Photo:  Carrie Levy. Untitled, from Domestic Stages, 2004

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