About “Driving by the George Eastman House”

This project began as an exercise in frustration, but developed into something else. I’ve always expected a lot from the GEH—too much perhaps—and was disappointed in the exhibitions, publications, the lack of possibilities for local photographers, and, then, the trustees threatened to give the Eastman photographic collections to the Smithsonian Institution.

I began to photograph the “House” through the windshield of my car, as most people see it, at different times of day and in different seasons. I had a lot of extra negatives and began to play with them by scratching, burning, poking holes, taping, and printing on them. I gave myself permission to try these irreverential things, and the result reflected how I felt rather than the appearance of the building. Then I began creating one-of-a-kind prints that were more beautiful than my previous, carefully-controlled editions.

When I described the project to a writer friend at the Highland Park Diner as “Photographing the Eastman House over and over again, stalking maybe,” she said it sounded “evil,” and I liked that. Now I appreciate that the project has provided a degree of freedom that I have continued in new projects. These are a tribute to the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House which is still seeking to find its way, like me, perhaps.

Most of the prints in this collection were made between 1997 and 2001, are 16 x 20 inches or 24 x 30 inches, and are in editions of 5. For more information, please contact the studio.

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