Academic journal article Afterimage

George Eastman House: The Best of Photo and Film

Academic journal article Afterimage

George Eastman House: The Best of Photo and Film

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The Best of Photo and Film encompasses the entire history of film and photography, from the first camera, the first photograph ever made to digital prints, alluding to the future of photography. Upon entering The Best of Film, the viewer is met by reels of film stacked on metal industrial shelves. The participants find themselves instantly transported into the bowels of the museum's motion picture vault. The room is romanticized by old movie posters hung upon the walls; they are of a time long past, images that still informs the present in movies, art, and fashion. Silent films restored by the George Eastman House are shown in a continuous loop as the central elements of a mock screening room bedecked with director chairs. Films lost in the past, now found, are shown in separate spaces on television. One film in particular. The Cook, is a hilarious piece starring Arbuckle, Keaton and their amazingly choreographed slapstick humor. Glass cases around the room contain the tiny details of films: old scripts such as The Ten Commandments, music cue sheets, and even key books which contain photographs of every scene in a film.

In the next room is The Best of Photo. Displayed photographs are grouped into central progressive themes. "In the Beginning" is the first theme visited, introducing the first forms of photography, the French daguerreotype and William Henry Fox Talbot's calotype (the paper negative process). …

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