George Eastman House

By: Jackie

Greetings from Rochester, NY!  I am sitting at my desk right now looking out at the snow-covered and beautiful Eastman Quadrangle (take a look at the web cam) which is the main quad here at the University of Rochester and where the Simon School of Business sits.  I just ended a phone interview with an applicant who asked me about I like to do in the city of Rochester and it inspired me to write this blog about the George Eastman House, one of my favorite things about my home city of Rochester.

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The George Eastman House combines the world’s leading museum of photography and film with the house, gardens, and estate of George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak Company.  If you have the opportunity to visit Rochester, a tour of the home and gardens is a must and if you have more time, taking a tour of the museum is a real treat– with work by more than 10,000 photographers as well as the world’s largest collection of American cameras including many that belonged to famous photographers such as Ansel Adams. Taking a tour of the museum, whether to see a current collection on exhibit or to take a look at the permanent collection is always a great thing to do and always a learning experience– it is especially amazing to see the original of famous photos that you have seen throughout your life (which is sure to happen). In addition, the motion pictures collection is one of the finest in the world and the archives include a motion picture collection of over 23,000 films from 1895 to the current time.  Another interesting feature is the personal film collections of such famed directors as Spike Lee, Cecil B. De Mille, and Martin Scorsese.

Gardenterrace_2 As a resident of Rochester, I take visitors here often and go regularly myself to see film screenings in the Dryden Theater— the screenings are especially fun because they are often presented by the directors, writers, actors and others who are instrumental in their creation. I plan to go there this weekend to see Lawrence of Arabia presented on the big screen and next weekend I plan to go see the Rochester premiere of a 2005 feature film by the actor John Turturro who will be there in person to present it.

The Eastman House is one of many historically significant and great places to visit while in Rochester.  Although we are a smaller city, there is no shortage of great things to do whether it is a snowy or sunny day here on the Quad!   

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