Romke Hoogwaerts in The Unseen Eye at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film

Up now and on display through February 19, 2012, the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, New York is running The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the W.M. Hunt Collection. The exhibition features over 500 photographs selected from the collection of the renowned collector, curator, and art dealer of W.M. Hunt. It is one of the largest exhibitions in the museum’s history, and completely fills its primary gallery space.

Included in the selection of works is a video piece by VCS student Romke Hoogwaerts that was commissioned by Hunt himself especially for the show. It is the only non-static audiovisual work in The Unseen Eye, and is being projected very large on one of the gallery’s walls. (The image above shows a still from the video.)

Here is a little more information about the exhibition, taken from the museum’s press release:

The photographs of The Unseen Eye have a common theme — the gaze of the subject is averted, the face obscured, or the eyes firmly closed. The images evoke a wide range of emotions and are characterized, by what, at first glance, the subject conceals rather than what the camera reveals.

You can read the rest of the release at this link. It contains a lot more information about works included in The Unseen Eye, W.M. Hunt and his collection, and a book that is going to be published in conjunction with the show.

For more about Romke (including images of some other work), check out this post on All of This is Rocket Science.

Congratulations, Romke! This is awesome news.

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