The Photographic Historical Society Sets Symposium Date, Committee Members


Media Contact: Sharon Bloemendaal, 585-288-6359,

Rochester, NY– The world’s only continuous symposium on the history of photography: PhotoHistory XVI, will take place at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York on October 10-12, 2014, according to officials of The Photographic Historical Society who organize the triennial event.

PhotoHistory XVI will contain a full day of presentations on the history of photographic practice, aesthetics, collecting, technology and sociology followed by a next day of browsing at a photographic trade show which attracts dealers from North America and internationally. A call for papers will go out this fall. Still and motion photography subjects will be considered. For information contact: Jack Bloemendaal, General Chairman of PhotoHistory XVI at:

The committee responsible for the event includes, General Chairman: Jack Bloemendaal;

Program: Rolf Fricke; Finance & Registration: Marian Early; Swap Meet/Trade Show: Tim Fuss; AV Coordinator:

Eugene Kowaluk; Public Relations: Sharon Bloemendaal; Web Interface, Joy Champlin and Andy Davidhazy.

The most recent PhotoHistory XV was held in October 2011 and drew about 200 visitors from the Americas, Europe, Australia and Japan.

The symposium’s venue, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, combines the world’s leading collections of photography and film housed within the stately landmark Colonial Revival mansion that was George Eastman’s home from 1905 to 1932. The Museum is a National Historic Landmark. George Eastman, the founder of Eastman Kodak Company, is hailed as the father of modern photography and the inventor of motion picture film.

The Photographic Historical Society of Rochester, NY, is the first organized society devoted to photographic history and the preservation of photo antiques. Founded in 1966, it has a membership of about 120 individuals.  For more information see the Society’s web site at



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