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Lycoming College students and faculty from the College’s History of Photography class visited the George Eastman Museum, Rochester, N.Y., during the fall semester of 2018 to learn about leadership in photography and to view the museum’s world-class collections.
Located on the estate of George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography and motion picture film, the museum was founded in 1947 as a nonprofit institution, and is the world’s oldest photography museum. It holds unparalleled collections and is a longtime leader in film preservation and photographic conservation.
Besides strolling on their own through four different galleries that showcased photographic works that span the existence of photography — from its inception to its contemporary application — students were able to meet the main curator of 19th-century processes for a 90-minute demonstration of some of the earliest equipment employed, as well as the different methods used by innovators of the photographic medium. Another docent lectured the group in the Historical Gallery.
“This trip enabled Lycoming College photography students to get out of the classroom and experience in real-life some of the people and concepts we have discussed,” said Andreas Rentsch, assistant professor of photography. “It was an amazing day for all involved.”
Student attendees included:
- Charles Blake ’19 (Lutherville, Md.) – film and video art major
- Briana Burley-Inners ’19 (South Williamsport, Pa.) – art major
- Kendyl Cartagena ’20 (Newton, N.J.) – art major
- Rebecca Donohue ’19 (Orwigsburg, Pa.) – art major
- Jordan Lynn ’20 (Annandale, Va.) – art major
- Caroline Miller ’19 (Princeton, N.J.) – digital media communications major
- Kayla Everett ’19 (Joppa, Md.) – art major
- Kellie Mooney ’21 (Swedesboro, N.J.) – art history and medieval studies major
- A'Feyah Smith ’20 (St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands) – theatre major
- Jessalyn Smith ’20 (East Windsor, Conn.) – art major
- Kathryn Tomasula ’22 (Old Bridge, N.J.) – undeclared major
- Martina Westcott ’21 (Clearfield, Pa.) – undeclared major
- Xiyue Yang ’20 (Beijing) – art major