The Gifted Eye of Charles Eames



The Eames Office curated The Gifted Eye of Charles Eames in honor of Charles’s 100th birthday.  

This celebratory exhibition revealed a side of Charles that many had never seen before: his wonderful ability to accentuate the beauty in everyday life through photography.

Charles had a life-long passion for photography that started at a very young age.  In one of his 1970 Norton Lectures at Harvard University, Charles said that, just after his father’s death in 1918, he found a box of his dad’s old photography equipment: “Soon I was . . . mixing emulsions and photographing on wet plates.  I did it for a year before I discovered that Eastman had already invented film and this wasn’t necessary.”

In honor of Charles and his love for photography, The Gifted Eye featured 100 images that showed a detailed and intimate view of how he saw the world around him.  The exhibition was open to the public from January 17 through June 17, 2008.