Saturday, July 3, 2010

George Eastman House

Rochester... home of Eastman Kodak, Xerox, and Ragu spaghetti sauce. The main reason why I visited the George Eastman House was to visit his former living quarters which contained a taxidermy elephant head:

Of course no early 20th century mansion would be complete without exotic animal foot ashtrays:

Here's Eastman's suicide note on display for all to see:

There's even a fake dessert - Eastman had a great love of pie:

The Technology Room
was amazing with Alfred Stieglitz's camera next to his image of the Steerage and a ton of toy cameras.

Later that evening, my friend Christine and I returned to watch a new documentary on Robert Frank's Americans called An American Journey. The director Philippe Séclier went back to several of the locations and even found some of the people Frank photographed in 1956. It was far more interesting than the never before screened film that Frank made with some students at VSW in 1971 that followed. I try so hard to like his movies but the motion sickness factor always runs high.

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