In Brief

Over 250,000 Photographs from the George Eastman Museum Go Online

The George Eastman Museum’s historic photo collection is being digitized and it includes many important works of art.

Lewis W. Hine, “Women Exercising, Swim” (ca. 1918‑1935), from the series (ARC/USA Misc) (George Eastman Museum, gift of the Photo League Lewis Hine Memorial Committee)

The George Eastman Museum, among the oldest archives of photography in the world, recently launched an online platform that allows you to search through over 250,000 objects from its collections. Aside from thousands of photographs that date back to the medium’s earliest years, the digital archive also features objects from its massive library of artifacts that together chronicle the history of image-making, from vintage cameras to film splicers to advertisements for the Eastman Kodak Company. There is also plenty of material related to the eponymous founder himself — did you know he was a shooter in more ways than one?

Nickolas Muray, “Nickolas Muray presenting black and white scale and color chart” (ca. 1945) (George Eastman Museum, gift of Mrs. Nickolas Muray. © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives)

With over 8,000 photographers represented in museum’s holdings, the database is a rich, remarkable resource, particularly for researchers who know exactly what they are searching for. Browsing it can be overwhelming, but the search option has many filters in place, and the museum has also organized the objects by helpful classifications like “Lantern Slide” and “Blueprint.”

One particularly valuable bonus the recent launch offers is unique access to a number of photographers. The museum holds the collections of Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, Lewis Hine, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Nickolas Muray, and Edward Steichen, so their works are only available here for you to easily browse.

While massive, the online collection is still just a small representation of the museum’s offerings, which is keeping the digitization team busy. It is adding new objects to the database on a weekly basis, and film aficionados will delight in knowing that the museum is now focusing on digitizing and uploading its Moving Image collections.

Louis‑Jacques‑Mandé Daguerre, “Grand Salle du Palais de Justice, Rouen” (1825) (George Eastman Museum, gift of Eastman Kodak Company, ex‑collection Gabriel Cromer)
Nickolas Muray, “Table set for dessert, hands with silver utensils serving cake with ice cream” (1944) (George Eastman Museum, gift of Mrs. Nickolas Muray. © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives)
Nickolas Muray, “Christmas card photo” (1941) (George Eastman Museum, gift of Mrs. Nickolas Muray. © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives)
Lewis W. Hine, “Art Class” (1935), from the series “Ethical Culture Schools, NYC” (George Eastman Museum, gift of the Photo League Lewis Hine Memorial Committee)
Edward Steichen, “Backbone and Ribs of a Sunflower” (1921) (George Eastman Museum, bequest of Edward Steichen under the direction of Joanna T. Steichen. © 2016 The Estate of Edward Steichen / Artists Rights Society, New York)
Edward Steichen, “Amelia Earhart” (1931) (George Eastman Museum, bequest of Edward Steichen under the direction of Joanna T. Steichen. © 2016 The Estate of Edward Steichen / Artists Rights Society, New York)
Edward Steichen, “Self‑portrait” (1901) (George Eastman Museum, bequest of Edward Steichen under the direction of Joanna T. Steichen. © 2016 The Estate of Edward Steichen / Artists Rights Society, New York)
Edward Steichen, “Delphiniums” (1940) (George Eastman Museum, bequest of Edward Steichen under the direction of Joanna T. Steichen. © 2016 The Estate of Edward Steichen / Artists Rights Society, New York)
Louis‑Jacques‑Mandé Daguerre, “Pont de Thiers, Auvergne” (1833) (George Eastman Museum, gift of Eastman Kodak Company, ex‑collection Gabriel Cromer)
Alvin Langdon Coburn, “Vortograph” (ca. 1917) (George Eastman Museum, gift of Alvin Langdon Coburn)
George Eastman beside Kodok sign, African Safari (1928) (Gift of George B. Dryden; ex-collection of George Eastman)
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