The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 5/28/2010
by Catherine Shteynberg on May 28, 2010
- Weegee on news photography: “I will walk many times with friends down the street and they'll say, ‘Hey, Weegee. Here's a drunk or two drunks laying on the gutter.’ I take one quick look at that and say ‘They lack character.’ So, even a drunk must be a masterpiece!” (and while you’re at it, go check out Carol Squiers’ click! story that features his photography).
- A new way to track down all the squinty-eyed, taken-by-surprise, unflattering pics of yourself on the Internet. TinEye, a “reverse image search engine” allows you to upload an undesirable example and then uses layered comparison to find photos of you that you don’t want around. [via Effie Kapsalis, SPI]
- A bibliography that covers everything you ever wanted to know about digital curation and preservation. [via Ten Thousand Year Blog]
- The CyberCemetery—where government websites go to die…
- Forgotten and lost notes and the online community they create.
- The National Geographic Tumblr blog is a new (for me) and appreciated daily photo distraction.
- I remember a few months ago when a Grateful Dead archivist position opened up (of course, at UC Santa Cruz) and made the rounds online as many archivists’ dream job. Now, items from that archive are on display at the NY Historical Society, including the skeleton marionettes used in this awesome video:
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