November 12, 2012
One of the premier art museums of the world, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, has opened a digital collection of 125,000 of its works to all - ultra high-resolutions images with no limitations! Just sign up to make your own Rijksstudio, search, browse and collect images, then order prints or download to create your own works!
“With the launch of Rijks Studio, we are excited to share the extensive collection with art lovers around the world using the latest digital technology. We created Rijks Studio based on the belief that the collection of the Rijksmuseum belongs to us all. The collection inspires; we want to unleash the artist in everyone.” Taco Dibbits, director of the Rijksmuseum.
October 31, 2012
Young Woman with a Water Pitcher, ca. 1662
Oil on canvas, 45.7 x 40.6 cm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1889
Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Reproduction of any kind is prohibited without express written permission in advance from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Today is the 380th anniversary of the baptism of Johannes Vermeer (his actual birth date is unknown). The 17th century Dutch artist is renowned for his exquisite handling of color and light in his genre paintings and landscapes. Explore more about the artist and his work in the comprehensive website essential vermeer; more images are available on ARTstor, AAEL digital images, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
October 29, 2012
Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection
Indiana University offers a collection of over 14,000 images spanning the years 1938-1969: the Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection. Cushman travelled across the United States and in several foreign countries, and his keen eye for the quotidian, the representative, and the surprisingly beautiful resulted in a remarkable set of images, valuable for their social documentation as well as their aesthetic. He was an early adopter of Kodachrome, and the color images from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s are particularly delightful. Browse or search by year, location, subject, genre, or keyword.
Click on the titles below to see some sample images:
Girl bathers and girl fisher
Promontory Point, Chicago, July 18, 1942
© Indiana University
Indiana Steel Co., Indiana Harbor>
East Chicago, Indiana, November 18, 1945
© Indiana University
Fire Alarm brings out Victoria, B.C. children
Victoria, British Columbia, September 17, 1938
© Indiana University
October 10, 2012
Exhibition: "Disrupting Commerce"
Warren Robbins Gallery
October 1 - 18
Reception: Thursday, October 11, 11:30 am - 12 pm
Check out the newest exhibition at the Warren Robbins Gallery, on the 2nd floor of the Art and Architecture building!
"Artists in this show see commercial sites as opportunites to speak out and reach a broader or more particular audience. These artists used various forms of culture jamming in the ART/DES course Shopdropping. Shopdropping, aka reverse shoplifting, involves making or altering objects and placing them back on the shelves of a store. The practices in this exhibition range from Allison Knoll’s appropriating existing products as potential anti-cell phone remedies, Casey Klugman’s T-shirt that calls attention to and corrects IKEA’s anti-semitism, Shin-Jung Kim’s use of light as the material for her work, and Sam Oliver’s attempts at trading that shifted value from the real to the symbolic, and the useful to the aesthetic."
July 03, 2012
Happy Independence Day!
Boy on float in Fourth of July Parade. Vale, Oregon.
July 4, 1941
Photographer: Russell Lee
From the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog of the Library of Congress.
June 08, 2012
Scandinavian Art: Prehistory to Medieval
Gold Cups, Scandinavian Bronze Age
Source: California State University Scandinavia database
If you’re interested in Vikings and Scandinavia is your specialty, or if you’re just curious about the early eras of Scandinavian art and culture, the California State University Scandinavia database is the resource you’re looking for. From Paleolithic tools to medieval objects of gold and silver, these images provide a great range of Scandinavian art and culture of the era. Check it out today!
June 05, 2012
British Library's "Turning the Pages" Gallery
Turning the Pages Gallery allows you to "turn" the pages of virtual books from the British Library. Featured are illuminated manuscripts from the early Renaissance, atlases, botanical illustrations, religious texts, including works by Handel, Leonardo da Vinci, Jane Austen, and John J. Audubon. You can listen to audio description, magnify images and other page content.
The original software fore "Turning the Pages" uses Adobe Shockwave; for the British Library's new improved version with even more titles, check out this link.
May 11, 2012
Movie Car Database
Still Image from GoldenEye, 1995
Source: Internet Movie Car Database
Searching for photos of your favorite car, need some images of high action chase scenes, or wondering what that car was in the last movie you saw? Check out Internet Movie Car Database, where you can search for around 383,995 different cars by manufacturer, movie, TV show or even cartoon. Real car buffs can participate in helping name unknown cars from various movies by checking out the unidentified section with film stills of mystery cars.
April 03, 2012
Google maps: The Amazon
Ever wanted to explore the Amazon? Well now you can from the comfort of your own home, with Google maps. In an effort to raise awareness of the precious and endangered ecosystem of the Amazon River and its tropical rainforests, Google launched a campaign to create “street views” of the river and its magnificent jungle surroundings. Check out films for how Google created this innovative project, or just sit back and enjoy the stunning sights along the river.
March 22, 2012
"The Sprawling of America" (video review)
Alex MacLean, Highway interchange, Detroit, Michigan, 1995
© Alex MacLean / Landslides
Source: AAEL Digital Image Collection
This excellent two-part documentary takes an in depth look at the early beginnings and increasing drawbacks of suburban sprawl in Michigan. The film particularly studies the example of Detroit, covering how the 1940’s housing crisis and racial tension in the city led to the depopulation of Detroit and the expansion of the suburbs. Aggravated by government policies that supported suburbs and the lack of public transportation in Detroit, the suburban way of life has become increasingly unsustainable and detrimental to the city. The growth of suburbs has also affected rural areas and farming in negative ways, rapidly decreasing the availability of land for food production. Yet, all is not lost. While Detroit is not the only city in the U.S. to be suffering from these problems, there are cities that are working to make their city centers vital, living communities and to reduce the suburban sprawl. From the east coast to the west coast new policies are being explored that value sustainable land use and the increasing walkability and livability of a city, and provide valuable ideas for the city of Detroit and other U.S. cities suffering from sprawl.
February 23, 2012
"STASH" (video review)
Stash Media Inc.
What do whales, pigs, undercover agents and carousals have in common? Easy, they’re all part of the latest from STASH. With DVD volumes 49 through 67 (subsequent issues are available online), our STASH collection features a wide range of projects including short films, advertisements, and video game graphics. Ranging from humorous to sorrowful, each clip features the best in animation techniques and a variety of styles. So stop by Imageworks to check out what we have featuring the latest in animation, motion graphics and VFX.
February 08, 2012
Sacred Hands: An Exhibit of Manuscripts with Texts of the Three Abrahamic Faiths
From the Special Collections and Papyrology Libraries
Through March 4, 2012
Sacred Hands, the latest exhibition at the Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery, features the Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible, donated to the university by Carlos and Clara Quintanilla. Commissioned by the Saint John’s Abbey in Minnesota, Welsh artist Donald Jackson was able to achieve his childhood dream of creating an illuminated Bible in 2007. For this project he designed his own alphabet and worked with other Welsh artists to create exquisite illustrations that artfully combine the traditions of illumination throughout history with the developments in contemporary art. The Heritage Edition, a high quality, print facsimile, was then created so that this manuscript can be shared worldwide. For more information on the project check out The Saint John's Bible website.
This exhibition places the Heritage Edition of this contemporary illuminated manuscript within the tradition of manuscript illumination and holy texts from the Abrahamic faiths, drawing a most comprehensive connection between the past and present. Papyri from Egypt featuring Gospels written in Greek from the 4th century are featured alongside medieval illuminated Bibles. The exhibit also features examples of Torah scrolls and manuscripts as well as Islamic manuscripts of the Qur’ān. Finally, the first pages of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition are on display, featuring the most profound vision of creation I have ever seen.
December 23, 2011
Christmas Tree in East Garden Room
© AP Photo/Charles Dharapak
Source: AP Images
Enjoy your end-of-the-year festivities, and we'll see you next semester!
December 15, 2011
"No Hop Sing, No Bruce Lee" (video review)
No Hop Sing, No Bruce Lee: what do you do when none of your heroes look like you?
Produced and Directed by Janice Tanaka
In her film Janice Tanaka addresses and examines Asian stereotypes upheld in movies and television and the often hurtful or one-dimensional nature they have. Asking the question “What do you do when none of your heroes look like you?” she examines the two limited extremes that Asians are often portrayed as: the servile and obliging character exemplified by Hop Sing in the television series Bonanza; or the mystical martial arts master portrayed in films by actors such as Bruce Lee. Interviews with Asian businessmen, actors and artists present their views and understandings of what it meant to be Asian growing up in America and how the portrayals they saw in the media affected them. All in all the film aims to present a wider view of Asian culture and peoples and to denounce the limited media stereotypes that have been imposed upon them.
November 28, 2011
Europeana is a cultural database featuring Europe’s conservation efforts for everything from art to science and to make these digital resources available to a wide audience. Musical scores by Mozart and Darwin’s The Voyage of the Beagle are among the many things to discover at Europeana. The site also includes virtual exhibitions that include Eastern European wedding traditions, Art Nouveau, and Yiddish Theatre in London. These exhibits incorporate sound recordings, photos and memoirs to provide a detailed sensory experience. Search for information by exhibitions, new content, provider, timeline or featured search today to discover some of Europe’s vast cultural treasures.
October 18, 2011
October 11, 2011
Table of Fractions and Arithmetical Problems, (Early) 2nd century CE
Papyrology Collection, University of Michigan
© The Regents of the University of Michigan
Source: Advanced Papyrological Information System (APIS), MLibrary Images
Featuring a wide range of papyrus documents, the University of Michigan’s world-famous Papyrology Collection was begun from Francis Kelsey’s excavations at Karanis, Egypt in the 1920s and 1930s. This collection now contains around 12,000 pieces, of which 1500 have been studied in detail to date. Many examples of the University's collection are available digitally online, via the Advanced Papyrological Information System (APIS).
On exhibit now in the Papyrology Collection's physical location (807 Hatcher Graduate Library South) are select examples that have been chosen to demonstrate the breadth of this collection. The oldest item is a sheet from The Book of the Dead, dating from the 11th century BCE, in the New Kingdom period. Also displayed are "recycled" papyrus sheets including a mummy cartonnage painting of Isis and foot wrappings. These sheets, like many others, once served as tax documents or other government forms and were re-used for mummy wrappings (as papyrus was cheaper than linen), at times stuccoed and painted over. Other documents include a birth certificate for a Roman citizen, a sheet from Homer’s Iliad, and a letter from a Roman fleet recruit to his mother. For more information check out the Learning About Papyrology section, which includes how papyrus is made and fun games like Papyrus Puzzles. For a fascinating review of the excavation and conservation of papyri, Leyla Lau-Lamb provides detailed presentations of the techniques she employs to bring illegible and curled up papyrus sheets to a flat and legible state on her website.
October 04, 2011
Pictures of Resistance
Shish Detachment Field Operating Table, Forests around Pinsk, 1943
© Faye Schulman
Source: JPEF/United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Pictures of Resistance: The Wartime Photographs of Jewish Partisan Faye Schulman
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery in Room 100
With her leopard print coat, camera bag slung over her shoulder and striking features, Faye Schulman looks out of place holding a rifle in a exhibited photograph of resistance fighters. Yet as a partisan, nurse, and photographer, Faye fought for her own survival as well as the survival of others during WWII. Having helped her brother in his photography studio, Faye was chosen to take ID photos for the Nazis after the invasion of her home in Lenin, in Southern Poland. However, Faye escaped into the forest and became a member of the Molotova Brigade, a Soviet Union resistance group, and documented her experiences with her camera. The exhibition features the photos she took of the partisan members along with captions written by Faye describing the hardships they all endured, their will to survive and fight, and their tremendous courage.
The exhibition runs from September 6th - November 27th, 2011, with the Exhibit Opening scheduled for October 5 from 4:00–5:30 pm, and related lectures and films thereafter.
September 27, 2011
The Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project
Rule of Community Scroll (1QS), Qumran, Cave 1 (detail)
1st century BCE - 1st century CE
Government of Israel
Accession # 96.83/208A-B
Source: The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls
The Israel Museum has partnered with Google to present fabulous high-resolution images of the Dead Sea Scrolls housed in the Shrine of the Book. The manuscripts, dating from 3rd century BCE to the 1st century CE, contain most of the Hebrew Bible, non-canonical works, and texts offering insight into Jewish society of that era. Five scrolls have been digitized to date: Great Isaiah Scroll, Temple Scroll, War Scroll, Community Rule Scroll and the Commentary on Habakkuk Scroll.
The ultra-high resolution digital photographs were created by Ardon Bar-Hama with exposure of 1/4000th of a second: a triumph of accessibility and conservation. The web site presents each scroll in stunning detail, which can be greatly magnified by the user. Accompanying the digitized image is a description and video by Dr. Adolfo D. Roitman, the Curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The Great Isaiah Scroll, Qumran Cave 1(detail)
1st century BCE
Government of Israel
Accession # HU 95.57/27
Source: The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls
September 06, 2011
The University Library has changed a bit since these fellows matriculated!
One of the "modern" resources is Imageworks, the producer of this blog. We're your source for digital images, DVDs, viewing stations, scanners, and project tools (paper cutters, pens, rulers, etc.) Stop by for help finding and using images for your research, papers, and presentations. Check out our videos covering art, architecture, engineering, performance, urban planning, and more.
Find Imageworks on the 2nd floor of the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library, just east of the Reserves Desk. Online you'll find this blog, our video database, and a very useful Images Research Guide. Questions? Email us at email@example.com
Best wishes for the new semester!
August 23, 2011
Need to identify a photo or want more information about the landmark you saw on vacation? Google Goggles allows you to search by image rather than text keywords. Simply upload an image from your smartphone and choose a category from logos, wine, artwork, contact info, books, landmarks, and text. Without typing, images of texts in different languages can be translated, artworks identified and contact information added to your phone. Get creative and see what you can find using Google Goggles.
August 04, 2011
"Unfinished Piece" (video review)
Unfinished Piece for the Player Piano
Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov, Written by A. Adabashian, N. Mikhalkov
Based on Anton Chekhov’s works, Nikita Mikhalkov’s film adaptation is set at a summer party in the lush countryside of Russia where a gathering of gentry play out their games of love, intrigue and politics underneath the glamour of wealthy entertainments. Amidst their lively games a drama unfolds as the teacher Platanov meets a figure from his past and fights to reconcile who he was with who he has become. With Platonov’s struggle the illusions of the party members’ happy and rich lives fall apart as they question each other’s values and address issues of class difference and the changing world around them. The film also features a forward with the film writer Alexander Adabashian explaining their vision and development of this project.
May 20, 2011
Oshaweetuk, Owl, Fox and Hare Legend, 1959
University of Michigan Museum of Art
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene B. Power
Source: UMMA online collections
The zoo isn’t the only place to go this summer to see some exotic animals! Be sure to check out the Detroit Institute of Arts current exhibition It's a Zoo in Here! Prints and Drawings of Animals. The show features works by a wide range of artists, such as Dürer and Cassatt, and of all types of creatures including lizards, dolphins and lions. Fun for the whole family, this exhibit displays the wild side of art and runs through to September 25, 2011.
May 13, 2011
In exploration of the latest advancements of online video the Guggenheim museums of New York, Bilbao, Berlin and Venice presented the results of YouTube Play. A Biennial of Creative Video in October of 2010. Jurors selected the greatest 25 YouTube videos amongst 23,000 submissions from around the world. The competition was created to recognize the growing importance of digital mediums and to stress the ability for almost anyone to participate and share their works. The videos range from creative, musical, comic, bizarre, animated and innovative, and all demonstrate the development and changing nature of digital art. For more information on digital content and online video visit the Guggenheim blog, the Take.
May 10, 2011
Cumulonimbus Cloud Over Africa
"High above the African continent, tall, dense cumulonimbus clouds, meaning 'column rain' in Latin, are the result of atmospheric instability. The clouds can form alone, in clusters, or along a cold front in a squall line. The high energy of these storms is associated with heavy precipitation, lightning, high wind speeds and tornadoes."
Image credit: NASA
Warmer temperatures incline more of us to gaze at the clouds in the sky. How do we find what those clouds mean, and what they are called? As ever, NASA is a great resource for clouds. Search their image gallery for more photos.
You could also check out one of the Corel CDs in Imageworks' collection: Clouds. Each Corel CD has 100 high-resolution, royalty-free (but not copyright-free) images, covering a myriad of subjects. A few images from Clouds:
Copyright © 2011 Imageworks and its licensors. All rights reserved.
Chinook clouds (stratus)
Copyright © 2011 Imageworks and its licensors. All rights reserved.
April 26, 2011
John James Audubon's "Birds of America"
Today is the 226th anniversary of the birth of John James Audubon, the American ornithologist and artist who created "Birds of America". This eight-volume set of hand-colored prints was the first book purchased by the University of Michigan Library.
Images from this very book can be seen via the Library's own PictureIt Rare Book Reader. Or, go to "Audubon's Birds of America at the University of Pittsburgh" to browse their plate images, along with Audubon's text Ornithological Biography.
April 22, 2011
Happy Earth Day!
For more information on Earth Day, check out Earth Day Network.
March 31, 2011
"Building Alaska" (video review)
A welcome army of invasion is the great force of United States soldiers now cutting the wonderful Alcan Highway through Canada's wilderness to Alaska. A former lithographer, Sherman Gardner of Midvale, Utah, is working as surveyor
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ppmsca-08554
Written and produced by Daniel B. Polin
Charting the history of Alaska through its transportation development, Building Alaska explores the innovative techniques people used to settle and adapt in the Alaskan wilderness. From the Gold Rush and the resulting railways to the installation of the first telegraph, the film covers the various people who made it happen, including ambitious engineers, entrepreneurs, politicians, writers and schoolteachers, and the difficulties and disasters they overcame. Alaska’s historical role as a provider of natural resources to the United States from gold and copper to oil, as well as its important role as a military base during WWII is shown. Prominent figures who worked towards Alaska’s eventual statehood, including Judge James Wickersham and Governor Ernest Gruening, are recognized, and the film then describes the development of Alaska into the state we know today.
March 29, 2011
Watermarks from Venice
Preclarissimus liber elementorum with figures
Euclides; Abelard of Bath (translation); Campanus of Novara (commentator)
© Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
Source: LUNA Commons, Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts
Currently at the Hatcher Graduate Library in the Special Collections on the 7th floor is an exhibition on early print books from Venice from the late 15th century onwards. Due to Venice’s many paper mills, its importance as a trading center, and its wealth of scholars and translators, printmakers traveled from France, Germany and all over Europe to work in this flourishing print environment. On display are books including the works of Aristotle and Euclid printed by Nicolaus Jenson, Erhard Ratdolt, Aldus Manutius and Andreas Torresanus. The innovations employed in print, from Ratdolt’s use of print for both text and graphics to Manutius’ design for smaller books, are displayed along with information on printing techniques, the use of watermarks, printing tools and the development of printed books in Greek. This captivating exhibit that tells the story of the printed book in Venice is well worth a visit before it ends on June 30th.
March 08, 2011
The photographer Randy Juster shares his interests and work with Art Deco on his website Decopix. His galleries contain over 700 images of Art Deco art and architecture, along with an overview of the origins and boom of Art Deco. Documenting the wealth and elaborate nature of this art movement are Juster's photographs covering buildings, glass, woodwork, and murals with excellent photos of minute architectural details. Further sections are devoted to color schemes, demolished Art Deco buildings and Lawson Clocks, providing a varied and valuable image resource of the Art Deco movement.
February 22, 2011
Movie title stills collection
Take a look at the Movie title stills collection - a collection of screen shots and captured images of movie title stills from classic and recent feature films and trailers. It is interesting to see how styles change from year to year.
Other similar websites:
February 08, 2011
Virtual Sistine Chapel
screen capture of upper wall of the Last Judgment, Sistine Chapel
© Vatican Museums
Source: Sistine Chapel, The Holy See
Experience the Sistine Chapel like never before with the Vatican website's new 360 experience providing astonishing views from floor to ceiling. Take a close look at Michelangelo's Last Judgment or Perugino's Handing over of the Keys, and gather a sense of the dimensions of the room and the magnificence of its entire decorative program.
January 18, 2011
Earth in 80 Languages
© WorldSpace Corporation and Ingo Gunther
Source: World Processor
Take a look at World Processor - a collection of about 200 beautiful physical world globes, visualizing the geographical distribution of various parameters, including temperature changes, population, energy consumption, pollution, wealth, refugees, life expectancy, and so on.
Global warming and cooling
© WorldSpace Corporation and Ingo Gunther
December 14, 2010
Visual Elements Periodic Table
© Murray Robertson and John Emsley
"Places & Spaces: Mapping Science is meant to inspire cross-disciplinary discussion on how to best track and communicate human activity and scientific progress on a global scale. It has two components: the physical part supports the close inspection of high quality reproductions of maps for display at conferences and education centers; the online counterpart provides links to a selected series of maps and their makers along with detailed explanations of how these maps work. The exhibit is a 10-year effort."
License Plate Map of USA
© Kevin Hutchinson
December 07, 2010
"Fakes, Forgeries and Mysteries"
Detroit Institute of Arts
November 21, 2010 - April 10, 2011
Now featured at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the exhibition Fakes, Forgeries and Mysteries investigates the authentication and misidentification of art from around the world. Displaying the fakes and forgeries in a show of their own, the DIA presents the clues and methods used to discover the origins of a work of art. An interactive exhibit, it includes an investigation lab that emphasizes the relationship between science and art and invites viewers to make their own discoveries. The exhibition provides an inside view of the workings of a museum and a tantalizing look at the art mysteries that remain unsolved.
November 24, 2010
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with the near and dear ones!
May you enjoy days of plenty, and know the happiness that comes from sharing all that you have with the people you love.
“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues."
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
October 26, 2010
The New Addition to the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
The Kelsey Museum's latest addition, the William E. Upjohn Exhibit Wing, allows even more of the Kelsey collection to be displayed than ever before. With two spacious floors, the addition houses a wide variety of objects from locations such as the Ancient Near East, Dynastic Egypt, Rome and Pompeii. The addition provides a light and open gallery space with a plan which progresses seamlessly through the various displays. A plethora of objects provide surprises around every corner from jewelry, sculpture, and Egyptian mummies to the everyday items discovered on archaeological digs such as ancient preserved food and inscribed eggshells. Also on display is the full-scale replica of a room in the Pompeiian Villa of the Mysteries with a watercolor rendition by Italian artist Maria Barosso of the fresco frieze that wraps around the whole of the interior. The new space features the Edwin E. Meader and Mary U. Meader Special Exhibition Gallery, which currently displays the exhibition Vaults of Heaven: Visions of Byzantium running until January 23, 2011. A collection of the photography of Ahmet Ertug, Vaults of Heaven covers Byzantine art and architecture from exquisite mosaics to magnificent domes displayed along with items from the Kelsey's own collection such as Byzantine coins and ivories. Free to the public, the Kelsey Museum is a rich find that offers something for all ages.
September 14, 2010
Creative Commons License for UMHS ImageBank
The University of Michigan Health System has a terrific image database of the architecture, campus and urban setting, and work of the hospital and medical school system.
And, in consultation with the University Library Copyright Office, the University of Michigan Medical School Public Relations and Marketing Communications has adopted a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license for all of the images in their Health System ImageBank!
What does this mean? You can use any image posted to their imagebank provided your use of the image is noncommercial and provided you give appropriate attribution: cite the image!*
*Courtesy University of Michigan, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 license
August 26, 2010
AMNH Explorer iPhone App
If you're planning a trip to New York's American Museum of Natural History be sure to check out the AMNH Explorer. The latest in museum interaction, the iPhone app assists in everything from navigating the museum with a personal GPS system to providing a variety of tours of the collection. Other innovative features include creating your own tour or participating in a museum treasure hunt. Don't have an iPhone? The museum has over 300 available for use to maximize your museum experience.
June 07, 2010
Created by the Image Permanence Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology, the Graphics Atlas explores the science behind prints from the pre-photographic to the digital. The Graphics Atlas allows you to view details of photographic prints produced using different techniques. You can not only zoom in on the surface of an image to see the emulsion, you can also see the edge of the photo, view it under different lighting conditions, and compare views of two different processes.
via Deep Focus
June 02, 2010
Panoramio is a geolocation-oriented photo sharing website.
Panoramio lets you see photos from all around the world on a map. You just have to select a location and you'll see pictures from there located on the map. Anyone can upload photos of places where they have been.
Using data from Panoramio, Ahti Heinla has created an interesting heat map on Google Maps that shows how popular different parts of the world are among tourists. The higher the picture count from a region, the more popular that place should be among tourists.
May 27, 2010
The Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary is a great online tool for finding the correct terminology (in six languages!) for a wide variety of objects. Search by word or by theme; find an illustration and the words for its constituent parts. The dictionary currently consists of 20,000 terms with contextual definitions and 6,000 full-color images!
Interesting related sites:
Train a computer to recognize objects within an image at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Visual Dictionary Project.
Contribute images to another Visual Dictionary.
April 05, 2010
Online Color Challenge
March 29, 2010
WSU Digital Collections
University of Michigan, Lantern Night, 1930s
"Wayne State University Libraries collaborate with many educational organizations and institutions to ensure that the history of Michigan is preserved and accessed in a digital format. Over 50,000 images and texts celebrate Detroit's contributions to the arts, fashion, history, architecture, interior design and medicine. Equipped with the ability to search, browse and generate presentations, WSU Digital Collections are ideal for research and rich-classroom instruction in a wide range of disciplines."
Here are some of the collections:
March 08, 2010
PhotoCity game - let's make a University of Michigan model!
"PhotoCity is a product of collaboration between the University of Washington Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Cornell Department of Computer Science.
PhotoCity grew from the original work of a Cornell computer scientist, Noah Snavely, who while working on his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Washington, developed a set of algorithms that generated three-dimensional models from unstructured collections of two-dimensional photos.
The original project was dubbed Photo Tourism and it has since been commercialized as Microsoft’s Photosynth service, making it possible for users to upload collections of photos that can then be viewed in a quasi three-dimensional montage with a Web browser.
“Eventually, the goal is to create a game without boundaries, that expands to fill the world,” Dr. Snavely said. “ For now, we’re focused on the scale of a college campus, or the heart of a city.”
If you would like to add new location to the game, you can find instructions here.
There is no University of Michigan on their "map" yet. Let's start now!
via NY Times
March 03, 2010
Free Medical Icons Set is a set with 60 original medical icons in .png 32 bit in resolutions 32×32px and 128×128px. It was designed by the user interface design agency Centigrade. The icons can serve as great in-app icons for desktop or RIAs in the medical domain.
There is link to the VRC Image Research Guide on the main page of this blog too.
February 25, 2010
World Beach Project - you can be part of it!
"The World Beach Project is a global art project open to anybody, anywhere, of any age. Building on the experience many of us have of making patterns on beaches and shorelines, this project combines the simplicity of making patterns with stones with the complexities of shape, size, colour, tone, composition, similarity and difference."
Here is the map where you can see what others have been doing.
You can view and search all contributions.
via Museum 2.0
February 19, 2010
MLibrary Photo Contest - Favorite Spot on Campus
The Library is sponsoring its 3rd Annual Student Photo Contest! Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to enter up to two photos (electronically only) between Feb. 15-March 8. First, second and third place photos will be displayed in the Shapiro Undergraduate Library and gift cards will be awarded to the winning photographers.
This year's contest theme is "Favorite Spot on Campus". Photographers may interpret the theme in any way they like, but must explain how it relates to their photograph(s). Rules for photo submission, selected entries from previous years, and further information can be found here.
February 08, 2010
Beyond the Motor City
"Beyond the Motor City: Detroit and the American transportation system now and in the future" premiers Monday, February 8 at 10 pm on PBS television stations and on their website. The documentary is part of Blueprint America, a multiplatform production of PBS addressing the critical issue of the nation's failing infrastructure. The website provides interviews, blogs, web videos, expert analyses, and documentaries.
University of Michigan Professor Robert Fishman is a featured interview in the documentary and his paper 1808 - 1908 - 2008 National Planning for America also appears on the "Beyond the Motor City" report site.
February 05, 2010
Image © Robert Mavrinac
On January 25th Dutch (VPRO) television broadcasted "Doorstart Detroit" (Reboot Detroit). It is "about the shared faith of GM and Detroit, and if the crisis will lead to new insights or not." Watch it in full at Detroit Unreal Estate Agency website.
Detroit Unreal Estate Agency project is aimed at new types of urban practices (architecturally, artistically, institutionally, everyday life, etc) that came into existence, creating a new value system in Detroit.
The Detroit Unreal Estate Agency has the goal to turn the story of Detroit and the ways of evaluating and developing the city’s potential upside down.
"Detroit right now is just this vast, enormous canvas where anything imaginable can be accomplished."
"Despite the recession — and in some cases because of it — small businesses are budding around Detroit in one of the more surprising twists of the downturn."
Here is recent article in NY Times about young entrepreneurs opening new businesses in Detroit "Detroit Entrepreneurs Opt to Look Up".
January 05, 2010
Contemplating the Void
For the building’s 50th anniversary, the Guggenheim Museum invited more than two hundred artists, architects, and designers to develop a visionary concept for an installation/intervention in the Guggenheim's Frank Lloyd Wright Rotunda. Submissions were received from all over the world. Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum will be on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York from February 12 to April 28, 2010.
Image above shows project Art Trap by architect Minsuk Cho, Mass Studies, Seoul. The project would separate the spiral museum interior from the void through the installation of an undulating plastic barrier. But this barrier would not be visually inert. Instead, it would have 180 “saddle-like seats” built into its inside face. Each of these seats would feature 5 holes – for the occupants legs, arms, and head – and would be accessible from short ladders or from the floor.
December 22, 2009
Wishing you happy and prosperous New Year!
"Every new year people make resolutions to change aspects of themselves they believe are negative. A majority of people revert back to how they were before and feel like failures. This year I challenge you to a new resolution. I challenge you to just be yourself."
Visit NY Public Library's image collection for more images:
Here is Merry Christmas from France
December 07, 2009
Click: Photography Changes Everything
The Smithsonian recently announced an online exhibition exploring how photography changes the way we see and experience the world. Invited contributors have offered essays and stories discussing how photography shapes our culture and our lives. The exhibition Click: Photography Changes Everything explores the following themes: Where We Go; What We Want; What We Do; What We See; What We Remember, and Who We Are. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 31, 2009, so click through today!
November 19, 2009
Creating hair-raising performances to convey his continual sense of lost gravity, Chinese artist Li Wei has taken his work all over the world from Italy, Spain, Korea and the USA.
Wei's photos depict him free falling from tall buildings-pictures that resemble the famous photograph of the French artist Yves Klein Leap into the Void.
Li Wei sees his art as both a mission to set the scene for the perfect photograph and a perfect performance. "I am fascinated by the unstable and dangerous sides of art and I hope my works reflect these aspects."
Johan Lorbeer is a German street performer. He became famous in the past few years because of his “Still-Life” Performances, which took place in the public area.
November 02, 2009
A question of perspective
Can you guess what this is?
The answer is North Twin Lake, Oregon (by frogchuter)
Here are more amazing pictures from Noupe:
Perito Moreno Glacier, Santa Cruz, Argentina by Yann Athus-Bertrand
Iguazu waterfalls, Misiones province, Argentina and Brazil by Yann Athus-Bertrand
Other websites with aerial pictures:
October 29, 2009
Art Institute of Chicago Pathfinder
Have you been planning a trip to see the new addition to the Art Institute of Chicago? You may want to use their pathfinder tool to plan your route through the museum. Use the map to navigate a virtual museum. When you click on a gallery or space, the left-hand frame will display prominent works or views from that location. You can also use the left-hand panel to find out where specific exhibitions are located within the museum.
via Derivative Image
October 26, 2009
World Digital Library
Another excellent site with primary source material digitized for world use:
"The World Digital Library is a cooperative project of the Library of Congress, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and partner libraries, archives, and educational and cultural institutions from the United States and around the world. The project brings together on a single website rare and unique documents – books, journals, manuscripts, maps, prints and photographs, films, and sound recordings – that tell the story of the world’s cultures. The site is intended for general users, students, teachers, and scholars."
The home page presents a nifty multi-lingual search interface including a world map and a timeline.
Image of the Emir of Bukhara, 1911, by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. Click here to see more photos by Prokudin-Gorskii in the World Digital Library.
September 21, 2009
Presidential Libraries as Resources
If you're studying history, you may forget what a great resources presidential libraries can be. Many presidential libraries include digitized materials in their online resources, so you can find images of presidents responding to the pressures of their times as well as more light-hearted fare like the image above of President Ford with All-American receiver Anthony Carter and Coach Bo Schembechler in November, 1982. Because these libraries specialize in archiving, many of them have taken on the archives of other famous people such as Ernest Hemingway and Laura Ingalls Wilder as well as general historic artifacts. Believe it or not, much of the material is classified as being part of public domain and therefore free to use as you wish.
Visit our own Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library on North Campus of the University, or National Archives webpage on presidential libraries for a list of links to these resources.
September 10, 2009
Friday Nights at the DIA
The Detroit Institute of Art is giving you an extra reason to visit the museum on Fridays this fall. Starting on August 14 and running through October 20, the DIA will be hosting Friday Night Live! with live music, workshops, drawing and more. All are free with regular museum admission. This autumn there's no reason not to support your local art museums and have a little fun, too.
September 04, 2009
Welcome to the University!!
Moving In (1981?)
Photo the Bentley Historical Library Digital Image Bank.
Welcome back or welcome! Times may have changed and more than likely you didn't come here in the family station wagon. What hasn't changed is the "Go Blue!" bumper sticker, a supply of Vernors ginger ale, and the fact that you need the best resources available. Keep an eye on this blog for all sorts of image-gathering and image-using ideas. If you don't find what you need, ask us!! firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep an eye on the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library webpage for resources and tips to help you in your studies.
August 27, 2009
New at the Detroit Institute of Arts
Whether you're new to southeast Michigan or have been here for a while, you'll want to make time in your schedule to visit the Detroit Institute of Arts. The museum has an astonishing collection and just reopened a year and a half ago after a multi-year renovation and expansion designed by Michael Graves & Associates. One of the highlights of your visit will be Diego Rivera's stunning mural entitled Detroit Industry.
Check out the DIA's website for their current exhibit schedule, as well as more information about the museum's hours and directions to the museum.
August 05, 2009
Animation Collections in the VRC
image: Concept Art (Character development) by Tony Piedra for the animation Goobees. Please click the image to see the original site
July 29, 2009
U.S. Geological Survey
As you would expect, the U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library is a rich source for images of the American landscape and natural wonders. However, did you know the U.S.G.S. also archived portraits, images of pioneers, Native Americans and settlers? There are great gems like the series of photographs documenting how an Inuit tent is made. Best of all, the entire collection is public domain, so the images are free to be published, posted, and shared.
Click on the images for source information
July 22, 2009
Flickr Commons highlighted on Wired
In response to the Library of Congress' recent flickr slide show of the most popular items from their Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Wired Magazine decided to feature some images they felt stood out among the free public domain image collections on Flickr Commons. These images might be things you missed if you were you just browsing, but are well worth taking a look at.
NUCOA MARGARINE, ca. 1955, Nickolas Muray (American 1892-1965), no known copyright restrictions Click on the image to see the rest of the Nickolas Murray Collection from George Eastman House on Flickr Commons
July 08, 2009
Eckersley Poster Archive on VADS
image: Advertisement for Gillete, Tom Eckersley, Eckersley Archive: University of Arts, London (1960)
July 07, 2009
UMMA's Dialog Table
The University of Michigan Museum of Art opened its new wing just a few months ago, and the addition as well as the pre-existing portion of the museum are full of delightful surprises. Located in the vertical gallery on the first floor of the new wing, the Dialog Table allows you to browse the museum's collection, watch videos related to content, compare different works from similar periods or styles, and create your own portfolio. After you leave the museum, your interaction with the collection doesn't have to end either, you can retrieve the portfolio you made at the dialog table, email it, tag it, and submit your own content about the works you chose.
There are a few other delights in the restored and expanded museum as well including the Open Storage Room on the second floor of the Alumni Memorial Hall. The Open Storage is a room loaded with art objects from many eras and places stored in well-lit, glass cabinets. If a particular objects strikes your imagination and you want to learn more about it, you can scroll through the collection on two computers in the room and click objects for more information.
Finally, keep your eyes open for display cases with drawers. There are a few of these located throughout the museum, and they house delicate prints and drawings that can't be exposed to light for long periods of time. However, you're free to open the drawers to take a peek!
Don't forget that you can stop in for quiet study or to meet a friend in the commons area from 8 am - midnight daily, even though the full museum hours are:
Tuesday/Wednesday/Saturday 10 am–5 pm
Thursday/Friday 10 am–10 pm
Sunday 12–5 pm
July 02, 2009
Rem Koolhaas on CNN
The BBC recently aired an interview with the architect, Rem Koolhaas, entitled The Architect Planning for the Future. You can also find other interviews and specials relating to architecture by searching the CNN videos page, like this sample search here. You can watch the rest of the special here by clicking on the thumbnails beneath the main video.
June 23, 2009
CC Zero and Public Domain
If you're creating an image, music or other type of creative work that you wish to designate as copyright free, how do you do so? Creative Commons has a copyright designation called CC0 which allows you to mark even newly created work as part of the public domain. Public domain means that anyone can use, alter, and sell the image, film, or music in question. The Stanford University Library Copyright & Fair Use page gives a good explanation of what it means for something to be part of public domain.
Public domain materials can be a great source for adding visual materials to your blog or online courses. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine whether items are part of the public domain. Digital Inspiration has a post up about using Google, Yahoo, and other sites like Digg to find public domain works. Below are a few other links that might help you determine and find works belonging to the public domain:
June 08, 2009
via Deep Focus
June 05, 2009
Digital Inspiration has a great post up on the evolution of web usage. Like the above diagram, the post spells it out to you in plain english. Whether you're a student or educator, it can be difficult stay prepared for the new educational opportunities arising from both web content and new web use. The post shares several slide shows and videos which might help you stay ahead of the curve.
June 03, 2009
Out of this project have come several useful tools. Two such tools that are a hybrid of browsing and analyzing are Image Breeder and Similarity Maps. These tools use similarities within the visual or compositional structure of images to group and compare them. In addition to these comparative tools, Glocal has also been working to teach users about the technical and historical aspects of making photographs. The software toolkits allow you to turn your computer's camera into "an innovative photographic device" with time lapse, exposure, and diptych tools. You can utilize the similar techniques as Muybridge, Marey, and other early photographers without leaving your laptop.
[via Deep Focus]
May 29, 2009
A new website may make getting all kinds of information a whole lot easier. Data.gov promises to host data sets from geospatial information to census data thanks to the Open Government Initiative. You can search by types of data, search for widgets, and find source pages for most of the material.
May 26, 2009
If you're a Mac user, chances are you're already accustomed to using keyboard shortcuts for just about everything particularly image software, but you may not know how to create or find new short cuts using AppleScripts. An article in Smashing Magazine highlights 17 short cuts they believe could make your life easier. The short cuts range from tagging files for easier grouping or finding to creating a 'droplet' that allows you to convert image file in one step. The scripts are easy to install and most come with really great step-by-step directions.
Image from Andrew*'s flickr photostream
May 19, 2009
GeoCommons is a new site that allows you to share and create maps or add data to existing maps. You can download existing maps in Google Earth form, spreadsheets or shape files. Check out the Off the Map Blog to find out about interesting data sets and tips on using GeoCommons.
Hat tip to Deep Focus
May 14, 2009
Voice Thread is an interactive slide sharing community that has some great uses, particularly for those teaching classes containing important visual data. You can upload images from your computer, your flickr account, facebook page, or a URL to create a slideshow. Then leave an audio, video or text comment and use the draw tools to highlight areas of the slide. Others can also leave comments about the slide in different formats, and the slideshow can be made private or public. This way if you're showing images for educational purposes under fair use practices, you can allow only those on your class roster to view the slides. VoiceThread even allows you to turn off commenting, so if you wanted to create a class discussion for a certain period of time, you can cut off commenting after the due date.
hat tip to MPB Reflections: 21st Century Teaching and Learning for highlighting this tool
May 05, 2009
KallOut Application and Plug-in
KallOut is a plug-in and application that makes searching easier. Highlight text, and a blue quote bubble icon will appear just above the phrase or word. If you click on this icon, you will be given a menu that allows you to search several different sites using that phrase. You can choose what type of search you'd like and which engine you'd like to use. For example, you can search a location in Google Maps, an artist in Flickr, a battle in Wikipedia, or a person on Facebook.
For PC users, you can download the full application which works with Word Documents, PDFs, and any webpage. For everyone else, you can download a plug-in for Firefox or Internet Explorer that works with text on webpages. It's a great way to get reference or background data without being distracted from your task at hand.
May 01, 2009
Walker Art Center's Sculpture Garden in Process
The Walker Art Center has been in the process of restoring Claus Oldenburg & Coosje Van Bruggen's Spoonbridge and Cherry, and we thought we'd take a moment to highlight the event to show how social networking sites allow museums the chance to have a different kind of interaction with their patrons. Whether you follow the Walker Art Center on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, or Twitpic, you'd have the chance to get updates about lectures, parties, and happenings you might not hear about elsewhere. Many museums are jumping on board with the new technology, so look for links to "follow us" when browsing your favorite museum websites or search for them on your preferred social networks. You might just enjoy behind the scenes workings of museums and announcements like this or this.
All images from Walker Art Center's Flickr stream or Twitpic stream
April 23, 2009
Have you ever wished you could share your favorite images from blogs, museums, and your own desktop with those in the online community? Now you can. Thanks to the Swiss Miss blog, we found Image Spark. The Image Spark community is similar to other bookmarking networks like Del.icio.us but focuses on images rather than individual webpages. You can download a Firefox plug-in that allows you to add images to your own library by right-clicking images and choosing Upload to Image Spark. The plug-in adds the url of the image, and you can add tags and a description.
You can group related images by using the mood board feature or browse other users' collections by exploring the community. Image Spark might just become your favorite idea board.
April 21, 2009
CoolIris is a browser plug-in that can be used for searching video and image content on the web. Many popular websites like YouTube, Flickr, and Google are CoolIris-enabled; you can find a listing here.
You can even scroll through images on your computer. The plug-in places the images or videos in a grid that can easily be scrolled through. It's a great way to find an image quickly.
April 16, 2009
Texas Archive of the Moving Image
The Texas Archive of the Moving Image and the Texas Film Commission have partnered to provide two great services. As part of what they are calling the "Texas Film Round-Up," home movies and films made by Texans, about Texas or in Texas can be digitized from 8mm, Super8, and 16mm films for free as long as the video owner gives the archive permission to publish the movie to the web.
All of these videos are now available to view at the archive's online library. Though you can't download the videos for your own use, anyone can browse the collection and watch streaming video. You can help be a part of the tagging process. To find out how, visit the archive help page to read more.
Though the collection is centered on Texas, it touches on Americana as well as national political and social history.
April 02, 2009
Slide Show wherever you go
A cool new website, 280 Slides, allows you to create and share slideshow presentations online. You can choose to upload a pre-made presentation or make the presentation on the web. 280 Slides interfaces easily with Flickr, Google Images, Youtube, and Vimeo to allow you to search and import images and videos from these sites while 280 Slides takes care of the coding. When you've finished you're presentation, you can download it as a powerpoint, open document or pdf. If you'd rather share your presentation, you have options. You can upload it directly to Slideshare, a Flickr-like website for slide shows, email it to a colleague, or embed it in a website. The perk of embedding the show is that every time you update the file, the embedded show will play the updated show.
March 31, 2009
Color-coded Flickr Search
Ever find it difficult to find interesting photos on Flickr? A new tool from Ideé Labs allows you to search Flickr images by color combinations. Choose up to ten different colors with the Multicolr Search Lab tool, and get a grid of search results almost instantly. Before you use the images you find, make sure to check the copyright status in flickr so you know you have the right to alter, publish or share the images.
March 18, 2009
American Institute of Architects on Google Earth
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) introduced a project called America's Favorite Architecture for their 150th anniversary in 2007. After polling over 2,000 of its members, the AIA produced a list of the 150 most beloved structures in America. You can scroll through the list on the project website by ranking, architect, title, or date.
In sticking with our Google theme from the previous post, if you'd like another way to interact with the structures on the list, you can use the America's Favorite Architecture layer in Google earth. All you have to do is type 'America's Favorite Architecture' into the 'fly to' search box. This will give you a list of the structures, and double-clicking on the title of the structure will "fly" you to that location. Many of the structures are rendered in 3D, so you can view all sides of the structure. You can also download 3D models using Google Earth itself or Google Sketchup.
March 17, 2009
Google has become synonymous with searching the internet, but many of us may be less acquainted with other Google offerings. Google SketchUp, as you can see in from the video above is downloadable software that allows you to create 3D models of just about anything. The program is fairly easy to use and can be translated into presentations using LayOut (watch the tutorial here). Dwell Magazine is even sponsoring a design contest using SketchUp models (details).
March 10, 2009
If you're interested in environmentally conscious design, planning and architecture, the PBS series E2 Design might be of interest to you. The Visual Resources Collection owns season 1, 2, and 3. You can also watch the third season online for the time being at the E2 Design Website.
If you can't completely get you green fix from the episodes, there are PBS E2 podcasts to supplement each segment of the series. The PBS E2 site also provides teachers' guides and project suggestions to accompany the videos if shown in class.
logo above © Kontentreal and displayed here for promotional and educational reasons
March 03, 2009
Brooklyn Museum and the Crowd as Curator
If you haven't already heard of the Brooklyn Museum's Click! exhibition, you might want to check the website out. The show sprung from the ideas around the intelligence of large groups laid out by the book, The Wisdom of Crowds. The Brooklyn Museum allowed users to log in and vote on images one time and without knowing how others were voting. Based on the results, the museum printed the images to mirror its popularity with the online users. On the results page you can see the images and graphical data on how votes were cast based on location and expertise. Reviews of the show are definitely mixed, but whether you agree with the crowd's selection, what remains regardless of are important questions about how we digest art in the 21st century, the differences between curatorial expertise and the average person, and where the failures of current curatorial practices might be.
Listen to a discussion of the exhibition below:
Image above: screen shot of the virtual tour of the Click! Exhibition available of the Brooklyn Museum's website
February 27, 2009
It's highly unlikely that you haven't seen the now iconic "Hope" poster of President Obama at some point in the last year. We're coyly avoiding posting it as the national debate has moved from the campaign trail to focus on copyright issues raised by the poster itself. The furor stems from the artist's use of an Associated Press photograph as a starting point for the piece. The AP is claiming copyright infringement, and the artist, Shepard Fairey is claiming fair use (in terms of making art, fair use means loosely that the derivative work differs in intent and content enough from the original as to make it legitimately separate, see the U.S. Copyright Office's Fair Use page). Further adding to the debate is the dispute over whether the AP or the freelance photographer, Mannie Garcia, owns rights to the photograph.
Anyone working in the creative fields should pay attention to the arguments being made on both sides and the legal outcomes of all lawsuits involved. Nearly as long as art has been made, artists have parodied, reinterpreted, and borrowed from other artists and popular culture. New technology and the increasing practice of appropriation in the arts raises new questions about where the lines of ownership lie, what might be considered appropriate appropriation and what might cross the boundaries of infringement.
Keep reading for links to blog posts and more news stories about the Fairey/Garcia/AP kerfuffle as well as other Fair Use issues.
Fairey Use from the Wire
Fair Use vs. Fairey's Use in the Boston Globe
Notes on Culture in Boston Magazine
Shepard Fairey: Obey Copyright from MyArtSpace
Artist Cage Match: Fairey vs. Orr from the Austin Chronicle outs Fairey as playing both sides of the copyright issues.
Fair Use and Free Speech a YouTube video about Independent Documentary Filmmakers' statement on what is fair use.
February 26, 2009
David Rumsey Historical Maps
The David Rumsey Cartography Collection is a large resource for finding historical maps. Over 13,600 maps make up the collection. The collection consists mostly of items from the 18th and 19th century Americas like maritime charts, atlases, and globes. Many items from the collection are integrated with Google Earth. The maps are overlaid on contemporary images, and you can change the transparency of the maps to see how the areas have changed. You can view the maps from the collection website. If you'd like, you can even visit the collection in Second Life.
Also listed on the cartography collections page are several universities' map collections. All of the collections are available from computers located on the university campus with only two being inaccessible from non-university computers.
image: Hall, E.S.; Lloyd, H.H.; Waters & Son, Military Portraits. Glossary Of War Terms, Maps, Arms, Etc. (Map of) Maryland, Virginia, Chesapeake Bay, Etc., Etc. Published by H.H. Lloyd & Co., 25 Howard Street, New York. 1861, © David Ramsey Collection
February 24, 2009
VRC Tutorials and YouTube Channel
Above is a tutorial on how to use the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library's Online Image Collection. We've posted it to the new Visual Resources Collection's YouTube Channel. There you can link to resources we've found useful like the Art21 videos and the Tate Modern's channel through our subscriptions. We'll also be highlighting videos we've found useful in our favorites section. Keep checking back because we'll be posting more tutorials, subscriptions and favorites from time to time.
February 19, 2009
Historic American Buildings Survey & Historic American Engineering Record
The Library of Congress Memory Project has many interesting collections within it. One of the most useful might be the Built in America Collection. This collection hosts over half a million images, drawings and records for historic American structures dating all the way back to pre-Columbian times. It's the online access point for the Historic American Buildings Survey, Historic American Engineering Record, and the Historic American Landscapes Survey. You can visit the collection highlights page, where a sample from each of the fifty states is listed.
Image above: Interior Banking Room wall murals, Union Trust (Guardian) Building, Detroit, MI © Allen Stross
February 03, 2009
Museum of Online Museums
Looking for something that doesn't fit neatly into a museum collection? Interested in vintage japanese robots? Or maybe you just want to peruse some images of boomboxes? Or maybe just want to see what a slide rule looks like?
The Museum of Online Museums is a listing of several different online resources. Some of them are standard like MoMA or the Rhode Island School of Design. Others are less well known but valuable like the National Portrait Gallery, and still others are obscure but might just suit your fancy. The list is a great place to check if you're having a hard time finding images in other resources. It helps fill in the gaps that some of the more academic sources might leave out. It's a great place to browse for ideas and new inspirations.
image: Mechagodzilla, Vintage Japanese Robots Collection, Wired photo © Richard Nichol
January 22, 2009
Aluka is an online resource dedicated to scholarly research about Africa and African Culture. Aluka consists of three major collections. The first archiving effort began in 2003 to document the Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa, and then just a few months later the initiative to catalogue African Plants was begun. The third collection, African Cultural Landscapes was added when Aluka teamed up with Capetown University to utilize the advanced imaging equipment there.
Throughout the site, you can find maps, images, renderings, primary and secondary documentations, and images of archaeological sites and plants. The site is easily navigable for browsing. You can select collections, subject areas, or featured content. Many of the archaeological sites have been rendered in 3D using Quick Time and are available for download. Some of the other featured content includes the Zimbabwe Serials, Curtis Botanical Magazine, and even full periodicals like Amandla.
Image: Amandla, Vol. 14, no. 10, 1990, cover For full magazine please visit Aluka here.
January 20, 2009
Sometimes, you may simply want to find an image relating to the day's events like the historic inauguration occurring today.
For starters you might want to try the Library of Congress's Today in History page. As part of the Library of Congress's American Memory Project, the Today in History page connects different images, documents and Memory Project Collections to the date. For today, January 20, you can find a link to the presidential inauguration collection, I Do Solemnly Swear..., see a manuscript of the poem Robert Frost read at Kennedy's inauguration, the inaugural addresses of past presidents and more.
For something more image based and contemporary, the AP Photo Archive homepage lists the top six categories for U.S. Domestic News, International News, Financial News, and Sports. At the time of this blog posting there were over 600 images relating to today's inauguration alone.
Image above: President Barack Obama, right, is congratulated by daughter Sasha, lower left, as first lady Michelle Obama looks on, Washington, DC © AP/Susan Walsh
January 16, 2009
How to cite multimedia objects
The above image is part of the Citation Needed sticker phenomena. It stems from its use on the popular cooperative community-edited encyclopedia, Wikipedia where it occurs when another user believes that a statement in an article needs a citation. Now here's an example of the proper citation for the image (as a photograph):
Mechtley, Matt. Existential Nonsense [Citation Needed]. 2008. Citation Needed Series June 25, 2008. MMechtley Photos. Flickr. 19 Dec. 2008 http://flickr.com/photos/mmechtley/2610907673/
January 13, 2009
University of Texas Map Collections
The University of Texas Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection is great resources for many kinds of maps. The UT website is split into convenient categories for browsing. You can choose by location and type of map. Another great asset are the links to outside references; the list ranges from Rand McNally road maps to West Nile Virus maps to the NASA earth observatory. One thing that separates them from many other map resources is that they also group maps according to topical interest.
And just in case you need a refresher, here's a guide to map citations from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Above: Gaza Crisis Map, original scale 1 mm=2.5km, BBC News, Jan. 13, 2008 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7812136.stm
January 09, 2009
New VRC Items list
The Visual Resources Collection is constantly growing. To help you keep up with all the new materials, a New Items list has been added to the video database. You can search and browse the list that will be regularly updated. Whether you're a regular at the VRC or a new student, you might just find the video you've been looking for.
January 08, 2009
Lantern Slide Collections
Before there were digital images, glass or Plexiglas slides, there were lantern slides. Lantern slides are larger than more modern film-based slides and usually have dimensions between 3" and 4". Sometimes the slide is developed directly onto emulsion coated on the glass, and other times film is placed between two pieces of glass. In many cases the images are painstakingly hand-colored.
The Art, Architecture, & Engineering Library has its own Collection of Lantern Slides. The majority of the collection has been digitized, but many of the undigitized images are of poor quality, damaged or fragile.
Because lantern slides production ended with the advent of smaller more sturdy glass and film slides, their production ended in the mid-twentieth century. This makes them a great resource for historical images.
Click here to view a sampling of the Lantern Slide Collection.
There are other lantern slide collections available on the web, a good one to check out is the George Eastman House Collection. There is also the Walter McClintock Glass Lantern Slide Collection at Yale.
Click on the image to view information details.
January 06, 2009
Finding general images
Much of the time when you need an image, you aren't looking for something specific. What you really need to find is a general image like a photograph of a woman walking down the street in a sari or people around the table at a business meeting. When looking for a general image, it can be frustrating because you feel certain what you want must be out there. While you may not find exactly what you're looking for all of the time, here are some tips to help when doing a general image search.
-Try to narrow down the details of the image you want as much as possible. Do you want it to be historical or contemporary? Are you interested in an artistic image or a more journalistic one? Would the images be limited to a certain region? This will help you choose where to start looking.
-Try using search engines if your image is not limited to a specific field. The Creative Commons is a good place to start because you can limit your search to royalty free images, but here is a list of other search engines that might be helpful.
As always, if you ever need help with an image search, please contact the staff of the VRC, who will be more than happy to help.
December 18, 2008
Creative Commons Explained
We've mentioned the Creative Commons a few times on this blog, so we thought we'd take a little bit of time to explain what it is incase you weren't already familiar with it. The Creative Commons was founded to help those in the image making business in order to make it easier to grant copyright on images and also to find and share those images. The two part function means that you can protect your work and use the Creative Commons engine as a search tool.
Let's start by looking at the image licensing. At first glance many of the licenses might sound a bit odd: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs, Attribution-ShareAlike? The Creative Commons uses a system of gradated copyright licenses. This way there's a little more lee way between a full all rights reserved copyright and a completely public image. You can check the Creative Commons license page for a full explanation.
Here's a brief description of what the symbols mean:
Attribution: All licenses require that you cite the source of the image.
No Derivative: You may not alter the image in your own work.
Non-Commerical: You can't use the image for any project that will make money.
Share Alike: If you alter or transform the image, you must relicense the image in the same way.
The search box at the Creative Commons allows you to check whether you want to find an image you can publish or alter. The image above was found using a Creative Commons search and is licensed as Attribution-Share Alike. This means that I must attribute the image to Al Abut's flickr page, and if I were to alter it in some way, I would have to alter the image as Attribution-Share Alike as well.
December 15, 2008
Starting your image search
It can be really difficult to know just where to start looking for an image. Here are some questions to ask yourself to determine just what you're trying to find:
1. What type of image do I need?
Is it a map, chart, a specific art work or a photograph of a historical event? Making this determination will help you decide which types of databases or search engines to use, but you should also consider using the type of image as part of your keyword search.
2. Into what subject would the image be classified?
You're probably not going to find images of abolitionists in the same database as images from heart surgery. Try to restrict your search to databases related to the appropriate field. You can find a few image resource subject listings here.
3. What's the time period of the image?
If it's a historical image you're after, you'll probably do best looking at museums or galleries, like the Smithsonian or the New York Public Library, but if you need a contemporary image, you might try AP images, Creative Commons, or artist websites.
4. Is it specific or general?
The work behind finding a specific image is usually determining which database is liking to have it as part of its collection. For example, if you need a contemporary artwork by a specific artist, try looking at the website of the gallery that represents him. However, if you're looking a general image like a woman walking in a sari, you will want to use larger search engines and the advanced search function. Creative Commons is a great place to start for general images.
5. How am I going to use this image?
Most images are okay to use as part of class assignments, papers, or presentations as long as you properly cite the source of the image. However, if you need the image as part of something you will publish on the web or in a book, you'll need an image with an unrestricted copyright or the copyright holders permission to do so. If you need help contacting the copyright holder or figuring out whether you can use an image, please contact the VRC staff.
6. Do you want a free image or are you willing to pay for it?
Particularly with stock images and publishing whether or not you are willing to pay for an image will have a big impact on your search. If you don't mind paying for images, there are many great stock image sites.
Above image Fort Jackson Military Library © AP/Mary Ann Chastain
December 12, 2008
UbuWeb is a non-profit autonomous website which focuses on visual, concrete and sound poetry. The founders', volunteers' and supporters' efforts have translated into a deep resource for much of what you often can't find at museum sites: essays, videos, poetry, sound pieces and much more.
Some highlights of the collection are:
The Tellus cassette magazine which comprised of experimental sound and music pieces.
Short films from the experimental art group Fluxus.
The 365 days project where over 200 people contributed to create a collection of found, obscure, or just plain cool audio recordings.
image above: Nam June Paik, Violin with Strings ("Violin to be dragged through the streets"), ©UC San Diego
November 20, 2008
Life Magazine Images available through Google
The history of Life Magazine is thoroughly intertwined with the history of America. Some form of the magazine circulated from the mid 1800's to 2000, and in recent history, Life was best known for its photojournalism. The bulk of the Life Collection has never been published and includes photos dating back to the 1750's and vast quantities of personal works from photographers like Alfred Eisenstaedt.
Until now the nearly 10 million images have been stored away out of sight. Though Life Magazine plans to host the collection online, they have now teamed up with Google. When you do a Google image search, some of your results might be from the Life Magazine Collection. Of course, you can also limit your search to only Life images. To do this, simply add source:life to your keyword search. For the time being only about 20% of the collection has been published to the web, but Google promises to have the whole 10 million online over the next few months.
Some sample searches:
Images: top: Jesse Owens, 4x100, 1936, photographer unknown; After fold: zoo keeper giving a baby monkey a hug at the National Zoo, Washington, D.C 1945 photographer: George Skadding; Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, Springs NY, 1949, photographer: Martha Holmes; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr during Freedom March, 1963, photographer: Francis Miller. All images © Time, Inc
November 06, 2008
BBC Audio Interviews
As one of the largest broadcasting companies in the world, the BBC has a wide range and depth of information to offer. A subsection of the company, BBC Four, is one of the many BBC channels and focuses on programs of cultural interest. On their website is a small archives of historical audio interviews. The interviewees include such figures as Mies van der Rohe, Bob Marley, the Dalai Lama, and Salvador Dali. Many of the sound clips are brief but might be ideal for using in a presentation or lecture for class. The site uses Real Player or Windows Media Player, so you'll need to download one of those here if you don't already have it on your computer.
Read further for links to interviews in specific subjects.
Above image: Ted Husing and Dink Templeton listen to BBC broadcast in the Laguardia Airport, 1948 © AP
November 04, 2008
Images in Honor of the Election
No matter what your political persuasion, Election Day is always one in which we are reminded of the privilege and responsibility that comes with living in a democratic society. The following links will take you to current or historical images relating to American elections.
Above Voters waiting to cast ballot in Boston, MA image © AP/Charles Krupa
October 21, 2008
Jane Evelyn Atwood
The Penny W. Stamps lecture for October 23 will be Jane Evelyn Atwood. The photojournalist has spent her long career photographing the lives of prostitutes, those suffering from AIDS, blind children, incarcerated women, and land mine survivors. Her work has been widely used in numerous publications from Anthropological Quarterly to Vanity Fair and countless others. Her talk will emphasize her journalistic and photographic methods.
For more information and portfolios, read further.
October 15, 2008
Looking for Animations and Videos?
YouTube can be a great source; many institutions have channels featuring lectures, virtual tours, an interviews. However, sometimes it can be difficult to find what you need for class because of copyright issues. The Internet Archive's Movie Archive is a great place to find videos and is free to anyone on the web. The above video is from the SIGGRAPH collection which hosts finished computer-animations and short informational clips on digital animation techniques. There are plenty of other subject areas covered from vintage educational films to foreign language videos to video game footage and more!
The animation above can be seen via the Internet Archive here.
Director: Jason Judy. Paul Downs. Mike Berger
Producer: Ringling School of Art and Design
Production Company: Ringling School of Art and Design
September 11, 2008
Looking for images that don't fit in neat subject categories?
Try AP Images. AP Images provides 100's of 1,000s of images from newspapers, magazines, and online news sources. You can search in several news categories (national, international, sports, etc.). You might want to browse through some of their historical image groups (i.e., Man on the Moon, Jazz Greats, Early Computers, etc.).
When searching for images in AP Images, remember that you're searching through captions, so choose words that you might expect to find describing the image you're hoping to find. For example, if you don't find what you need with "tornado," try "funnel cloud." Remember to search common abbreviations in addition to words. For instance, searching for WTC New York will find different and additional images from a search for World Trade Center New York.
ARTstor Training Session -- Oct. 10th
Needing high quality images for teaching? Interested in learning how to search for images and teach with ARTstor? Come to the training session on October 10th at the Faculty Exploratory in the Graduate Library. To register:
Questions? Contact Rebecca Price : 647-5274 or rpw at umich.edu