Museum Home Past Exhibitions Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road

December 7, 2010–April 24, 2011 at the Getty Center


Admission to the Getty Center and to the exhibition is FREE. For visitor information, see information on planning a visit or call (310) 440-7300. All events are free, unless otherwise noted. Reservations are required for performances, lectures, seminars, and courses.


Felice Beato: An Early Global Photographer
Anne Lacoste, assistant curator of photographs at the Getty Museum, surveys photographer Felice Beato's international career and examines the distinct approach he took in providing early images of Eastern countries to a Western audience.

Thursday, January 27, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall


Curator's Gallery Talks
Anne Lacoste, assistant curator of photographs, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads gallery talks on the exhibition. Free; no reservations required. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Thursday, January 13, 2011, 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 17, 2011, 1:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries

Artist-at-Work Demonstrations

Hand-Colored Photographs
Drop by as photographer Luther Gerlach demonstrates how to create hand-colored prints using historic processes and authentic 19th-century cameras and glass negatives. Free; no reservations required.

1:00–2:00 p.m.: Cameras, lenses, and wet-plate collodion negatives
2:00–3:00 p.m.: Paper, printing, and hand-coloring

Sundays, February 6 and 20, March 6 and 20, and April 3 and 17, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios

Family Activities

Family Festival
Discover the richness and beauty of the ancient empires of India, Japan, and China as well as recent explosions in artistic creativity. Experience traditional Chinese Opera, listen to Chinese folktales told by a master storyteller, and be dazzled by the amazing music and dance of these vibrant cultures at this hands-on family festival.

Saturday, March 19, 2011, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Courtyard

The Great Imperial Porcelain Palace, Yuen-Ming-Yuen, Peking / Felice Beato

Gallery Course

Resolution Revolution: Photography in China from Confucianism to Communism to Capitalism
Learn how contemporary Chinese artists are using the photographic medium to express unrest, confusion, and to critique their society and culture as China positions itself to become the next superpower. Educator Jennifer S. Li leads this course that looks more closely at Photography from the New China, comparing the works in that exhibition from selected historical images from Felice Beato: Photographer on the Eastern Road. Course fee $20. Open to 30 participants.

Saturday, February 26, 2011, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Repeats Saturday, March 5.
Getty Center, Getty Research Institute Lecture Hall and Museum galleries

Studio Course

Photography Workshop: Hand-Colored Photographs
Join photographer Luther Gerlach and create hand-colored photographs based on 19th-century practice. Participants learn about period cameras, wet-plate collodion negatives, and albumen and salt prints, and apply historic and contemporary hand-coloring techniques to produce a final print. Course fee $145 (includes materials and lunch). Open to 25 participants.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Repeats Wednesday, March 16.
Getty Center, Museum Studios

Other Venues

The exhibition will be on view at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography from March 6 to May 6, 2012.