The exhibition Rethinking the Photographic Image: The Best of Photography from the George Eastman House Collection will offer 250 photographs ranging from mid-nineteenth-century prints to contemporary works. The show as planned will include iconic images by Margaret Bourke-White, Lewis Hines, Ansel Adams, and famed Civil War photographer Mathew Brady, in four chronological sections on three floors of the museum.
The oldest section, "Beginnings," contains 1845 photographs called "salted paper print." This photographic technique involves soaking paper in a salt solution, coating it with silver nitrate, and exposing it to an image projected from a negative, sometimes for as long as eight hours.
Other "Beginnings" prints include an 1882 albumen print of Oscar Wilde by Napoleon Sarony, and Sarony's 1880 portrait of Sarah Bernhardt. There's also Timothy
O'Sullivan's 1863 albumen print A Harvest of Death at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Mathew Brady's stunning portrait of a deeply war-wearied Lincoln, and Alexander Gardner's 1865 photo Lewis Payne, One of the Lincoln Conspirators, before His Execution.