The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 11/19/2010
by Catherine Shteynberg on November 19, 2010
- Ever heard of The Impossible Project? When Polaroid announced they would stop production of instant film, these folks saved the last Polaroid production plant in the Netherlands, and started to develop new instant film with a small team of former Polaroid employees. Check out some shots of Smithsonian museums taken by Aaron Dunn and created with the fruits of their labor.
- What is the next big idea in humanities scholarship (no, it doesn’t involve Foucault)? The increasing amount of data afforded by digitization.
- Just another example of the cool things that happen on the Flickr Commons. This person found their childhood home in an earlier era in the State Library of Queensland’s photos on The Commons.
- That’s a lot of stuff. More than one million images will soon be added to Europeana—a database that currently provides access to more than six million items (images, texts, sounds, and videos) from European libraries, museums, and archives [via Resource Shelf].
- Unpublished photos of Led Zeppelin, George Geshwin’s piano, and Aretha Franklin’s contract . . . Music lovers rejoice—Warner Music Group is putting together an extensive company archives.
- One of our research fellows talks to the Washington Post about how in the world the chair in which Lincoln sat on the fateful night of his assassination made its way from D.C. to the collections of the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan.
- TV has always had an effect on how we elect Presidents. The National Archives look at how TV turned the tide in the Kennedy-Nixon presidential election of 1960.
- Incredible. Some very early photographs and sound recordings of Mecca (as in 1885, during the naissance of photography) from a pioneering “multimedia journalist.”:
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