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January 25, 2012


We're always on the lookout for free image sites, and here's a fine one: morgueFile !

* Huge range of hi-res images, searchable by keyword or categories, with a generous use license
* "Request for Photo" service - to which you can also submit yours and earn a fee
* Classroom with tutorials on photography
* Blog with entries on photography news and a great "Guess the Photo" contest

A couple more free images - just click on the image to go to its source on morgueFile!

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January 19, 2012

"Beijing Taxi" (video review)

A taxi waits near the Beijing Railway Station, Saturday, July 26, 2008, in Beijing.
© AP Photo / Robert F. Bukaty
Source: AP Images

Beijing Taxi
a film by Miao Wang

Miao Wang documents a rapidly changing city beginning two years before the 2008 Summer Olympics held in China. These changes are examined through the views of three taxi drivers who know the city and its ins and outs better than anyone else. Taxi driver Bai Jiwen shares the struggles of being a driver in the current economic situation and his dreams of retiring and traveling the world as a photographer. Zhou Yi also recognizes the affects the alterations of the city have on the taxi business and decides to change careers. Wei Caixi is a restless mother who went into taxi driving because the freedom of the job appealed to her. Even so, she becomes disillusioned with the practicality of the job as the whole nature of the city is transformed, and decides to open her own shop. Culminating with the start of the Olympics, the opportunities as well as the detriments to local businesses and shops are presented along with the reshaping of the lives of three taxi drivers in Beijing.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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January 17, 2012

Amsterdam Rijksmuseum Online

Caspar Netscher, Portrait of an unknown young woman, 1649 - 1684
Source: Rijksmuseum API Collection

Rijksmuseum API Collection

Search over 100,000 works of art for some of the finest examples of the Rijksmuseum’s collection. You can search by keyword or by a number of subject categories such as Religion and Magic, Abstract Art, Literature and Classical Mythology. These high quality images help provide a great sense of the breadth and wealth of the Rijksmuseum and are great for studying works of art in detail. With numerous paintings, drawings and prints that include everything from portraits to pastoral scenes all under a Creative Commons license, this collection is worth a look!

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January 12, 2012

"Annie Leibovitz" (video review)

Annie Leibovitz: Life through a Lens

Directed by Barbara Leibovitz

Following her to different photo shoots as she goes about her work, this film documents the life and profound photography of Annie Leibovitz. Annie describes her early childhood life and family, relating how she first became interested in photography. After taking a photography class in college, Annie’s childhood interest blossomed, and from there she began her career with the Rolling Stone magazine. While she built up a reputation for being the best photographer in Rock n’ Roll, Annie left after 13 years to work for the magazine Vanity Fair, which allowed her a wider range of subjects. From her personal photos that help tell the story of her life, to her professional ones that push the boundaries of photography, the film provides an excellent illustration of Annie’s oeuvre and absolute passion for her medium.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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January 09, 2012

Eve Arnold

The photographer Eve Arnold died January 5, at the age of 99. She was the first full member of the Magnum Photos cooperative. Among her subjects were Marilyn Monroe, fashion, film stars of Hollywood and London, Malcolm X, and Mongolia. Over 1,000 of her images from the Magnum collection are available on ARTstor. Her work can be seen in a number of books in the Library's collection, including Magna brava, In our time, and Eve Arnold: in retrospect.

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January 03, 2012

Welcome to Winter Semester!

The Diag, flagpole, and professors' monument, January 3, 1914 [?]
Source: Bentley Image Bank, Bentley Historical Library

Winter is here, though we don't have as much snow today as they did 98 years ago!

Find more old photos of UM's campus, students, athletes, and activities in the Bentley Historical Library's image bank.

Check out the Images Research Guide for help finding images for your research, papers, and presentations.

And, stop by Imageworks for a wide selection of DVDs covering the arts and engineering, project tools (scanner, paper cutter, stapler, pens, etc), and personal assistance with finding images.

Best of luck in the new semester!

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