Not the End: Death and Memory in Photographs

Unidentified photographer. Woman in mourning with broach at throat, ca. 1865. Ambrotype. George Eastman House; ex-collection of Walter A. Johnson. Purchased with funds from Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, 2010..  

Comprising roughly 75 objects spanning the history of the medium, Not the End: Death and Memory in photographs pulls from the unparalleled collections of George Eastman House to present an unbroken view of memorial photography from the 1840s to the present.

Intimate in scale and scholarly in focus, this show presents a holistic view of memorial portraiture, introducing commemorative photography beyond the classic Victorian postmortem. Highlighting commemorative photographs of floral arrangements and rephotographed portraits, photographica utilizing dried flowers and human hair, the brisk business of funeral home partnerships, as well as contextualizing spirit photography within the history of mourning, this display has a broader focus and longer timeline than most displays of memorial photographs. Ending with a contemporary video piece by Canadian artist Spring Hurlbut, the show invites visitors to consider how they use photography to remember lost loved ones and facilitates a conversation about death and dying, photographs, and memory.  

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Booking12 weeks weeks
Size150 linear feet (approx)
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Rental Fee$15,000

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