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George Erml Photograph Collection

Identifier: BIB-125900
The George Erml Photograph Collection is arranged in 2 series: Series I. Images of Artists' Works; and Series II. Photographs of Artists.

Series I. Images of Artists' Works

This series contains 1,709 4x5 transparencies with 560 duplicates; 26 mounted 4x5 color transparencies; 186 black and white 4x5 polaroids; 59 black and white photographs with 45 duplicates; and 82 35mm color slides.

Series II. Photographs of Artists

Included in this series are 94 black and white 4x5 negatives and 24 contact sheets of black and white negatives.


  • Other: undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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11 Boxes

5.8 Linear Feet

Biographical / Historical

George Erml (1945-2008) was born in the Czech Republic and graduated from the prestigious Film Academy (FAMU) in Prague. After he graduated, he began a career in portraiture and architectural photography. In 1980, Erml and his wife and son immigrated to New York City where he established himself as a freelance photographer. He began taking pictures of glass, working with artists such as Tom Patti, Dan Dailey, Dale Chihuly and Stanislav Libensk√Ĺ and Jaroslava Brychtov√°. Erml quickly became sought after for his ability to capture the beauty of the interior spaces in glass.

During the course of his career, Erml held nine solo exhibitions in the United States, Denmark, Italy and the Czech Republic. The George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, the National Museum of Photography in Jindrichuv Hradec, and the Moravian Gallery in Brno all have photographs by Erml in their permanent collections.


Heller, D. (2008). Depth of field: George Erml (1945-2008) brought an artist's understanding to the documentation of work in glass. GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly, (no. 111), 88.

Custodial History

Acquired in 2011.
George Erml Photograph Collection, undated
A Guide to the Collection
Mary Anne Hamblen and Sandra Glascock
December 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Rakow Research Library Repository

Rakow Research Library
Corning Museum of Glass
5 Museum Way
Corning NY 14830 USA