The George Eastman Museum holds the world’s leading collection of photographic and cinematographic technology.
Consisting of more than 16,000 artifacts from the earliest days of photography to today’s integrated, handheld digital devices, the collection contains all of the equipment necessary for photographic image making, as well as printed documentation related to the business, manufacturing, and marketing of the photographic and motion picture industries.
From devices that predate the formal invention of photography in 1839 to the modern instruments used by both amateurs and professionals, the collection offers an unparalleled opportunity to examine and learn about photographic technology. Many of the objects are unique, representing distinguished historical ownership and significant scientific achievement. The collection includes cameras and equipment used by renowned photographers such as Ansel Adams, Eadweard Muybridge, Arnold Newman, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Weston.