The Stars Come Out In NYC For The Eastman House

May 6, 2014

Credit Getty Images/George Eastman House

More than 250 people showed up for a New York City gala on Monday night organized by Rochester’s George Eastman House.

It was the second annual Light & Motion gala. The fundraiser  highlighted the museum's work in photograph and film preservation and restoration, and paid tribute to the accomplishments of emerging and established artists in the fields of motion pictures and photography. 

Presenters at the event in Manhattan's Tribeca district  included actor  Paul Giamatti and director Steven Soderbergh. Leonard Maltin was honored with the 2014 Light & Motion Award for Advocacy, 

George Eastman House is an American institution that stands apart in the digital age," said David Friend, creative development editor, Vanity Fair, and chair of this year's gala. "This event helps to strengthen the connection between Eastman House and the vibrant photography and film communities in New York City, and energizes the impulse to create, preserve, and archive imagery in our image-driven culture." 

The honorary chairs of the Light & Motion Gala were Ken Burns, Richard Gere, and Howard Greenberg.

"As a filmmaker, I appreciate having the support of such a passionate and talented team at George Eastman House to help bring my vision for a film full circle," said Burns, who has a collection preserved in the vaults at the museum. "Preserving a film's story, message, images and emotion allows the art to stand the test of time, keeping it accessible and relevant for years to come."