From Self-Portrait to Selfie: a History of Photography

january, 2018

17jan6:00 pm10:00 pmFrom Self-Portrait to Selfie: A History of Photography (discontinued)6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Eastman Museum, 900 East Ave.

Event Details

From Self-Portrait to Selfie offers visitors an inside look at the history of photography.

Ilse Bing's Self-Portrait with Leica, on display at From Self-Portrait to Selfie. | Photo from Eastman Museum

Ilse Bing’s Self-Portrait with Leica, on display at From Self-Portrait to Selfie. | Photo from Eastman Museum

Who knew taking selfies could be educational? Celebrate Museum Selfie Day at the Eastman Museum for From Self-Portrait to Selfie: a History of Photography. The highly-interactive and educational after-hours museum experience will delight anyone with an interest in the art of photography, or those that simply enjoy taking pictures of themselves.

From Self-Portrait to Selfie invites visitors to the Eastman Museum at 6 p.m., an hour after the rest of the museum has closed. Patrons will tour the Eastman’s current History of Photography installation with Associate Curator Jamie M. Allen. Allen will discuss the medium and its past, presenting numerous photographs and the equipment that took them.

After the tour, From Self-Portrait to Selfie details how the modern “selfie” came into existence. Manager of Digital Engagement Kate Meyers Emery will be giving a talk, then challenging attendees to replicate the self-portraits from the gallery with their smartphones.  

The Eastman Museum

Before attending From Self-Portrait to Selfie, tour the George Eastman Museum’s large collection of pieces from the worlds of cinema and photography. The Museum has been at the forefront of preserving and exhibiting films and photographs since its opening in 1949. The grounds offer three galleries with rotating exhibits, the George Eastman mansion and gardens (which are collectively a National Historic Landmark), and the 500-seat Dryden Theatre. There are film screenings every day at the museum, and lunch available at the Eastman Museum Cafe. The museum will be open at 10 a.m. the day of From Self-Portrait to Selfie, giving visitors plenty of time to explore before the event.  

Admission to the event will be limited, so registration is required. Tickets are priced at $8 for members and $10 for non-members. They can be purchased online here.

How to Get to The Eastman Museum:

Attend From Self-Portrait to Selfie via Amtrak to Rochester Station—Don’t forget to use the New York By Rail 15% discount!

Get picked up from Rochester Station and taken to your reserved #NYTRAIN Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Click here to reserve your car or call the Rochester office today at: 585-423-2220.


(Wednesday) 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Eastman Museum

900 East Ave.