“Wish You Were Here” lectures return in May and June

Renowned photographers discuss documenting train travel, Mexico/U.S. border, national parks, and the Pacific Slope

For Release 2012-05-01

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — George Eastman House’s “Wish You Were Here” photography lecture series returns this spring, featuring renowned photographers sharing images and stories that invite you to explore new destinations or revisit favorite ones. 


6 p.m. Thursday, May 17

Candace Gaudiani

“Between Destinations: A Photographer’s Journey”

Physical and psychological journeys often intersect in art and storytelling. Candace Gaudiani will share how her images lyrically transform the vistas of train travel into personal artistic statements reflecting her haunting memories of an earlier time.


6 p.m. Thursday, June 7

David Taylor

“Frontier/Frontera: Border as Place”

David Taylor’s work reveals the Mexico/U.S. border as a complex, and often contradictory, social, political, and physical topography. His photographic examination is anchored by an ongoing effort to document each of the 276 obelisks that dot the boundary from Juarez/El Paso to Tijuana/San Diego. A monograph of the work, released in 2010 by Radius Books, has received numerous design excellence and best book awards. 


6 p.m. Thursday, June 14

Stephen Johnson

“With a New Eye: Photography Forever Changed”

Stephen Johnson’s digital landscape project incorporates subtle use of color, unbelievable detail, and light-filled pastel images to redefine “straight” photography. Johnson will walk us through his travels to more than 50 National Parks with a prototype digital view camera. His photographs ring true, because his images mimic our eyes view, revealing a world we know, often fail to notice, and never see.


6 p.m. Thursday, June 21

Weston Naef

“Carleton Watkins Places”

Weston Naef, curator emeritus at the J. Paul Getty Museum and lead author of Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs (Getty 2011), will talk about Watkins’s mammoth-plate photographs made on the Pacific Slope between the 1850s and the 1890s. He will talk about Watkins revelatory work in places that were first made famous through his pictures in Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks, the rugged Mendocino Coast and the idyllic Columbia River.  


All “Wish You Were Here” lectures are in the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House. Admission to each lecture is $6 (free to Eastman House members). Participating artists will sign their books following the lectures, with books available in the Eastman House Store. 

“Wish You Were Here” is generously supported by Eastman House member Thomas N. Tischer. For more information visit eastmanhouse.org or call (585) 271-3361.

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