The History Center has over 100,000 images in the Carl Koski Photograph Collection. Visit the History Center to find your favorite image and order your reprint!
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The History Center’s Carl Koski Photograph Collection
Our photo collection is named for Carl Koski, long-time photographer and museum technician who retired recently after almost half a century of service to The History Center. Carl began working for us in 1970 when we were still the DeWitt Historical Society and resided in the old Courthouse.
Carl leaves behind signs of his skillful hand throughout The History Center. The engaging Familiar Faces display – Carl reproduced the photographs and built the walls. Exhibits too numerous to name had components of all kinds hand-built or installed by Carl over the decades. He was tremendously versatile, putting his hand to many things, including care of the Eightsquare and all things technical. He was involved in the production of many of our published books, providing his beautiful photographic work for Images of Rural Life, A Short History of Tompkins County, The Towns of Tompkins County, and Ithaca’s Neighborhoods, to name just a few.
Carl’s prints of our historic images were sold and hung in exhibits and homes by the thousands over the years. A painstaking artist, Carl mastered the old-fashioned darkroom techniques that brought out the depth and subtlety of 100-year-old glass plate negatives as well as faded and aging prints. His talent transferred easily and seamlessly to digital work when the new technology took over and his reproductions are as beautiful as ever.
More than all of these tremendous contributions is the nature of the person, and the thoughtful, modest, and unassuming way he went about his work. As a gesture of appreciation and regard we are delighted to name our extensive photo collection The History Center’s Carl Koski Photograph Collection.