Courtesy of the George Eastman Museum
1931, Gelatin silver print, 35.0 x 49.2 cm. Margaret Bourke-White/Courtesy of the George Eastman Museum

A Pumpkin of “Powerful” Growth

1909, Gelatin silver print, Image/Overall: 8.7 x 14 cm (3 7/16 x 5 1/2 in.)

The Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York, has one of the largest collections of photographs and photography-related objects in the world. And until now, much of it was inaccessible to anyone who couldn’t visit in person.


Spirit Photography

ca. 1865, Albumen silver prints, Overall: 16.5 x 14 x 6.5 cm

But now the museum has launched a searchable online database, meant to be used by scholars, researchers, and anyone who loves photography. While only about a quarter of the collection is available online now, the museum will continually catalog its collection and add objects every week.


Semionova, Premiere Ballerina, Great Theater, Moscow

1931, Gelatin silver print, 35.0 x 49.2 cm.

To see what you can find, visit the collections online and start searching. Input a keyword (say, pumpkins), a photographer (Lewis Hine, maybe) or an object type (try framed Dageurreotypes). You’ll come up with all kinds of incredible things to look at.


Marilyn Monroe

1952, Color print (Carbro), Image: 35.4 x 27.7 cm

President Lincoln’s Hearse

1865, Albumen silver print, 4.6 x 9.1 cm.

Empire State Building with “The Ball”

ca. 1930-31, Gelatin silver print, Image and overall: 8.7 x 6.1 cm

Portrait of an Artist

ca. 1843, Daguerreotype

Taos Water Girls

1905, Platinum print, 40.3 x 29.8 cm.