April 15, 2013

Albert Kahn Autochromes

© Musée Albert-Kahn

Autochrome was the earliest commercially successful color photography process. Presented in 1904 by the Lumière brothers, it dominated the market until around 1935. One of the largest collections of autochromes was created by the French banker Albert Kahn, who sent photographers out across the world to document life in the early 20th century. The collection is held in the Musée Albert-Kahn in Boulogne-Billancourt, a suburb west of Paris. Check out their website here; the images illustrating this post are drawn from there.

© Musée Albert-Kahn

More of this collection of over 72,000 images can be seen in the books The wonderful world of Albert Kahn and The dawn on the color photograph: Albert Kahn's archives of the planet available in the AAE Library. Also available to check out is a DVD at Imageworks, The civilians' story: Albert Kahn's archive of the planet which documents the impact of WWI on French civilian life.

© Musée Albert-Kahn

For more autochromes, check out the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog and search "autochrome".

© Musée Albert-Kahn

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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

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October 23, 2012

Many Voices Video Workshops at UMMA, Fall 2012 - Winter 2013

Battery of lights are prepared for the making of a television commercial at the new
Filmways production center in New York, December 28, 1959

© AP Photo/Dave Pickoff
Source: AP Images

Apply by October 25th, 2012!

Be one of the 12–16 people ages 16 and up who create 2–3 minute videos about works of art in the University of Michigan Museum of Art collection. The videos will be shown in the museum's galleries and DialogTable next spring. Filmmakers, artists, writers, photographers, storytellers, and art enthusiasts are invited to apply.

After the four workshops scheduled on Saturdays 10am – 1pm, November 10 and 17, December 1 and 15, production and post-production of videos will start in January. Participants should be available on Saturday mornings through the end of February.

Visit University of Michigan Museum of Art for more information and to apply.

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October 01, 2012

Wellcome Image Awards 2012

Caffeine crystals: False-colored scanning elctron micrograph
Credit: Annie Cavanagh, Wellcome Images

Wellcome Images database is a great source for medical and science images, with a particular strength in modern imaging techniques and historical images from the Wellcome Library collection.

In addition to the standard "search" and "advanced search" options, the site offers Galleries, Explore [themes] and Favourites to browse. A fascinating gallery to browse is the Wellcome Image Awards 2012, from which the photos illustrating this post are drawn.

All Wellcome images are available for download for personal, or academic use, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial version 2.0 license or Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial No-Derivatives version 2.0 license.

Connective tissue: False-coloured scanning electron micrograph of collagen/connective tissue removed from a human knee during arthroscopic surgery
Credit: Anne Weston, LRI, CRUK, Wellcome Images

Lavender leaf: False-colored scanning electron micrograph
Credit: Annie Cavanagh, Wellcome Images

All Wellcome images are available for download for personal, or academic use, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial version 2.0 license or Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial No-Derivatives version 2.0 license.

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August 21, 2012

Naoya Hatakeyama

Bern #06201, 2005
© Naoya Hatakeyama
Courtesy Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and Taka Ishii Gallery

The beautiful and sublime landscape photographs of Japan's Naoya Hatakeyama are currently on exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Consisting of more than 100 photographs and two video installations, this, his first solo exhibition in the U.S., spans Hatakeyama's entire career. His large-scale images depict the reciprocal and conflicting forces of nature and humanity, creating a transitory yet permanent account of our world.

Lisa Sutcliffe, curator of the exhibition, says Hatakeyama's work is a reflection of his contemplative and thoughtful nature. “I think of him almost as a scientist in the way he approaches his work,” she says. “His work is rational and considered. He is looking at things through space and time.”

The show runs at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art until November 4, 2012.

via American Photo     SFMOMA

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August 02, 2012

New York City Municipal Archives Online Gallery

Grand Central Station, ca 1935-1941
Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives

New York City Municipal Archives Online Gallery is the city’s first ever online image database. It consists of over 870,000 photos covering 160 years of New York City history and subjects include daily life, landmarks, construction, crime scenes and more. In addition to photographs users are also able to access maps, moving images, and audio recordings.

Taken mostly by anonymous municipal workers, some of the images have appeared in publications but most were accessible only by visiting the archive offices in lower Manhattan over the past few years.

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July 10, 2012

The Collective Snapshot

The Eiffel Tower
© Pep Ventosa
Image via: My Modern Metropolis

The Collective Snapshot is a photographic series by Spanish photographer Pep Ventosa.

Ventosa layers of dozens of snapshots from different viewpoints to form a hazy representation of iconic landmarks around the world. The different facets make the view abstract, but recognizable.

The artist himself says that photographs "... were blended together and reworked to create an abstraction of the places we’ve been and the things we’ve seen – a celebration of our collective memory."

Look here or on Ventosa's Facebook page to see more photographs of the Sydney Opera House, Golden Gate Bridge, the Taj Mahal, and others.

via My Modern Metropolis

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May 04, 2012

"A Walk into the Sea" (video review)

Still photo of Andy Warhol
Film still courtesy of The Danny Williams Estate © 2006-8

Still photo of Danny Williams
Film still courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum. © 2006-8 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved.

A Walk into the Sea

Filmmaker Esther Robinson goes on a quest to find out what happened to her uncle, Danny Williams, who disappeared from his family home at 27. When his family began their search, only his car was found parked by some cliffs overlooking the ocean. As Robinson hunts for her uncle, many new things come to light, such as his excellent films and experimentation with lighting at The Velvet Underground concerts. A member of Andy Warhol’s Factory, Danny was involved in numerous artistic endeavors, and interviews with Chuck Wein, Billy Name, Brigid Berlin, and The Velvet Underground’s John Cale relate Danny’s personality and relationship with Andy. Robinson discovers more of the circumstances surrounding his disappearance, as well as more about his life, work and personality, but exactly what happened to her uncle remains a mystery.

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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May 01, 2012

Photography magazines (free!)

Looking for inspiration? Or just want to browse what's new in photography? Check out these free downloadable photography magazines:

"Unless You Will showcases a vision within photo-based art. The goal is to bring together a collection of notable photographers from around the world—particularly those who add layers of meaning and capture these feelings—and present their work with honesty and not too many frills."

"Canvas features stylish and emotive photography – especially focused on people. Each issue features a certain focus (skin, gender, the future, black and white, music, and so forth) and the showcased photographs then explore that theme."

You can find more downloadable magazines here: 20 Inspirational and Free Downloadable Photography Magazines

via Speckyboy Design Magazine

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March 20, 2012

Dear Photograph

A fascinating site playing with time and memory and photography. A few months back, Taylor Jones saw his brother sitting at their family dining table, in the exact place he was in a photograph 15 years earlier. He took the old photograph, held it against the current background, and created a new "time-travel" image.
Dear Photograph is the result.

"Dear Photograph,
At the time it was not common for a man to walk behind a pram.
I’m still proud of my father.
Eva Willemier Westra"

"Dear Photograph,
Je t’aime Paris, but I love my mother more. After 15 years she finally brought me along!
Leah Romm"

"Dear Photograph,
I have no idea what sort of Christmas present awaited my brother Casey in that tube. Just like I had no idea that this past week Casey would die in a horrible accident in Kerala, India. I wanted to bring him home one last time to our house in Texas. This is the only way I could…it’s been a tough week.

"Dear Photograph,
Early morning walks together and my little boy, those moments will always make up the color in my life, and in my heart.

via Dear Photograph

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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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November 01, 2011

Detroit Revealed

Sweater 2007
© Corine Vermeulen
Source: www.corinevermeulen.com

Detroit Revealed: Photographs 2000-2010
Sunday, October 16, 2011 – Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Detroit Institute of Arts is currently running an exhibition on its own environs, the city of Detroit. But rather than examining its history, the exhibition focuses on the nature of Detroit in the past 10 years. The show features artists such as Michelle Andonian, Andrew Moore, Corine Vermeulen, and Dawoud Bay. Their photos and films capture the changing nature of the city and the growth occurring through its decay. The photos include portraits of Detroit’s inhabitants as well as its diverse landscapes that engage the viewer in a dialogue on the current perceptions of Detroit and the unique potential its people and spaces hold for the reshaping of the whole contemporary concept of a city.

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March 22, 2011

Lens "Moment in Time"

Here is a snapshot of our world - Earth, covered by stacks of thousands of virtual photographs, corresponding in location to where they were taken by Lens readers at one “Moment in Time” (15:00 U.T.C., Sunday, May 2, 2010).

Spin the globe in any direction to get where you want to go. Click on a stack and the top photo will open, giving the photographer’s name or pseudonym (if supplied) and a brief caption (if supplied).

via Lens blog, The New York Times

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November 11, 2010

Veterans Day

The heralding of peace
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-10052

World War I ended on November 11, 1918 with the signing of the Armistice. This day is now celebrated as Veterans Day, in honor of those who served in the military. The photograph above, from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog, is of the U.S. Capitol on November 11, 1921, the date of the first observance of Veterans Day.

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September 14, 2010

Creative Commons License for UMHS ImageBank

Dr. Paul Park using the O-Arm precision surgical imaging unit in OR, June 4, 2008
Photo by Martin Vloet

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!*

Michigan Stadium, May 18, 2009
Photo by Martin Vloet

Biomedical Science Research Building

*Courtesy University of Michigan, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 license

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July 02, 2010

Happy Independence Day!

July 4th fireworks, Washington, D.C.
July 4, 2008
© Carol M. Highsmith

From the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog of the Library of Congress.

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