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Pharos: The International Consortium of Photo Archives

Images from the Collections Jacque Doucet, Bibliothèque de l’INHA (Institut national d’histoire de l’art)

PHAROS is an international consortium of fourteen European and North American art historical photo archives committed to creating a digital platform, currently in beta, that allows research among the photographic holdings of all consortium members – an estimated 31 million images, including artworks and supplemental material.

One of the best searching features they’re working on is reverse-image searching – the ability to upload a digital image or URL where an image is located, and search the database as you would a text query to return results related to the image. This image-recognition technology strives to eradicate language barriers inherent in text searching.

via NYTimes; h/t Ann Jensen Adams

George Eastman House collections online

Unidentified maker, We just held the camera in front of us, dated July [19]32, gelatin silver print (Gift of Peter J. Cohen, acc. no. 2015.0123.0042; image courtesy of The George Eastman Museum)The George Eastman Museum’s vast collections are now searchable online, including over 250,000 objects from the photography, technology, and George Eastman Legacy collections. Visit often as additional records and images will be added on an ongoing basis, including the Moving Image collection of more than 28,000 titles spanning the entire history of world cinema.

via Open Culture, h/t Denise Massa

Nine Architectural Photography Tutorials to Help You Get the Right Shot

Illustrations from "Complete self-instructing library of practical photography," vol. III, p. 56, ed. by J. B. Schriever (American School of Art and Photography (Scranton, PA: American School of Art and Photography, 1909). Courtesy New York Public LibraryCapturing the perfect architectural photograph can be far more difficult than one might anticipate.

In light of this, ArchDaily compiled a list of nine architectural photography tutorials to help you get the right shot every time.
Larnach Castle, Dunedin, New Zealand. Image by Stephen Murphy

Artstor image download improvements

ArtstorArtstor just announced that with the latest system update users can now download individual images as JPGs – they are no longer zip files, which means you save a step.

The second bit of good news is that the embedded metadata function is now working, so that information travels with the downloaded image.   You can view the metadata in a number of ways, e.g. Photoshop (File Info), the Photo Viewers built into Windows or Apple operating systems, or Windows Explorer.

Read more on the Artstor blog.

GRI releases Getty Scholars’ Workspace

scholarsworkspace_keynoteThe Getty Research Institute has released a wonderful open-source (and free) collaborative research tool called Getty Scholars’ Workspace.  It allows users to save and annotate images (from the Getty as well as other sources), construct text and bibliographies, and best of all to share saved content with others.   This has great potential for student assignments as teams can collaborative online.

Read more about the GSW’s capabilities, and how to install, here.

Livestream of Digital Art History symposium on Feb. 22

DukeThe Wired! Group at Duke University is hosting and livestreaming a symposium on Monday, Feb. 22, called “Apps, Maps & Models: Digital Pedagogy and Research in Art History, Archaeology & Visual Studies”.  The focus is on the use of digital tools in art historical and archaeological research.

The sessions run 9am-1pm and 2-5pm (Note that all times are Eastern, so the morning session actually begins at 6am Pacific Time!).   The full schedule and list of speakers with links to the livestream is here.

 

LA museums embracing digital innovations

Culture Monster highlights innovative examples of how various museums in Los Angeles are using digital technology:

  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles: Interactive CT scans offer another way to access mummies
  • Autry National Center: In the exhibition space, first-person stories of characters features in the “Civil War” exhibit play as films from user-activated “daguerreotypes” (and, not mentioned in the article but on the website, playlists offer evocative music from the era)
  • GETTY-inspiredGetty Museum: Pushed for global open collection content and a #GettyInspired digital initiative to encourage interactivity with museum visitors
  • LACMA: Their new location-aware app is less straight didactic information and more conversational, so views spend more time with the art than their devices
  • The Huntington: Seven iPads are installed in strategic spots around the galleries to offer contextual information in the historic rooms
  • The Broad mobile appThe Broad: The new museum’s app has Bluetooth technology to be location-aware both outside and inside the museum, and will send a push notification with invitations and contextually aware information
  • MOCA: Eschewing “distracting” in-museum apps, the museum’s updated website seeks to engage viewers before and after visits

Check out a special Museums section in the New York Times for highlights on how New York museums use technology to engage visitors.


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