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Collector’s Corner: Anthony Bannon – Director, George Eastman House at Photo LA

In Art Fair, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm

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Anthony Bannon at Photo LA

We were taken on a private tour of the gallery offerings before the show opened at Photo LA. What originally was to be a “how to collect” lecture turned into an interesting, interactive discussion on current and classic photography … trends, points of value, under-recognized works and sidebars both informative and humorous.

Some of the topics included particular photographers or industry luminaries:

  • Tony Hido, mystic looking foggy scenes of upstate NY
  • George Tice, Amish roads
  • Sebastiao Salgado, multiple prints throughout the show
  • Bill Brandt, “elephant man”
  • Arnold Newman, rare images
  • James Fee, he of “Peleliu Project” project fame
  • Alfred Stieglitz, promotion of “modern” art
  • Roger Ballen, collecting an artist over time has its rewards
  • Nathan Lyons, Eastman House exhibit after 9/11
  • David Trautrimas, good use of humor in “gas tank” architecture
  • Penti Sammallahti,  “One price, all prints”
  • Helmut Gernsheim, grand historian along side Newhall
  • Susan Burnstine,  toy cameras, ex. “James Brown”
  • Michael Kenna,  “Mont St. Michel” for his father
  • Graham Nash, of music and digital prints fame

In addition, we held contextual discussion on the New Topographics, abstractionism, romantic vs. classic photography and the rise of Czech photography. Of special interest were comments by attendee Robert Weingarten. As an aside, take a look at Bob’s Amish pictures (as well as those of George Tice) for interesting use of Black and White.

Suffice it to say, “Tony” covered a lot of territory in 90 minutes. One theme was apparent as a back drop to his discussion: George Eastman House is a touchstone for many key events in the evolving timeline  of photography. In revisiting their history and holdings for this piece, we once again are reminded of the invaluable place this institution occupies to this day. For information: George Eastman House

Special Note -Take advantage of the current matching grant program to help keep this important institution moving forward through this century: Fielding Matching Grant

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