Posts Tagged ‘photography’

SepiaTown = Historical Photos + Architecture

Friday, July 29th, 2011

This website allows registered users to upload scanned historical images of architecture and map them. Visitors see thumbnails of the images on a map. You can click on the thumbnail to bring up a full image with information and then click on that image to get a larger one, which is big enough to use in PowerPoint. Note that, on the page with the smaller full image, there is a box towards the bottom with a permalink. This is good to note in the image title, PowerPoint notes, or elsewhere so that you have a record of the image source.

It is helpful to visit the “How to Use SepiaTown” page before delving in too far since there are some interesting features that may not be initially obvious. Two examples are the figure on the map that shows the location of the photographer and direction of view and the “Then/Now” button that shows a contemporary street view from the same perspective. Images for many cities from around the world have already been uploaded.

Autumn 2010 Additions to soaMDID

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Since late September, Visual Services staff have added nearly 1700 images to soaMDID. Among these images are:

  • over 180 images of paintings and drawings by Diebenkorn, Freud, and Kitaj
  • more than 110 images of paintings by Hudson River School artists, Rackstraw Downes, and Giambattista Piazzetta
  • 290 images of figure drawings by a variety of artists: Balthus, Durer, Kollwitz, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rodin, and Rubens
  • more than 300 images of American architecture
  • over 110 images of spirit photography
  • 83 art historical maps

Stop by the Image Library (room 120) if you need help finding these images in soaMDID, or email soail@uw.edu.

Photography by Native Americans

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Morgan Bell is a graduate student who has worked with us in SoAIL. She chose the non-thesis MA in Art History and a practicum project related to her primary interests: Native American artists and photography. Her goal was to increase the representation of Native American photographers in soaMDID so that their work could be incorporated into the Art and Art History curriculum. Having just completed and defended the project, it is time to report on her results.

Over 350 images of work by 39 photographers were added to the collection. Twenty of these photographers had not been represented in soaMDID previously. The earliest works date to circa 1900 and the most recent date to the last few years. The styles and intentions of the artists vary widely. Bell’s work on this project was partly supported by funding from the Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Coast Art even though not all the artists are from this region. A few of the photographers are from New Zealand, chosen because of the contemporary links that exist between Native American and Maori artists.

To see these images, you must have a soaMDID account or access through either the UW Bothell or College of Built Environments MDID installations. Do a keyword search using “Bell practicum” (without the quotes). Enjoy!

Sidney D. Gamble Photographs

Friday, November 12th, 2010

The Sidney D. Gamble Photographs collection at Duke University Libraries provides a wealth of historical images. Gamble travelled in China several times and also took photos in Japan, Korea, and Russia. Currently available on this site are his images from 1917-1932. One can browse the collection by place and subject. Since the bulk of the images are from China, there is an interactive map that shows where and when he photographed. The images are available in a medium size that is appropriate for PowerPoint and a larger size that could be used to make details for teaching.

Summer 2010 Additions to soaMDID

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

The Visual Services staff in the School of Art have been hard at work this summer adding images to soaMDID. Here is a brief summary showing just some of what is new:

  • Nearly 500 images of contemporary glass art
  • Around 450 images of portrait, landscape, and still life paintings
  • More than 200 images of Picasso’s work
  • Nearly 100 images of contemporary photography
  • Several hundred images of 20c and 21c ceramics (some are in a restricted collection because they were created from gift slides)
  • All the images from the 2010 MFA graduates have been added as have images from several previous years

If you have questions about these additions, you can email soail@uw.edu or stop by SoAIL (room 120) and ask.

Marinetti’s Papers

Monday, July 19th, 2010

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University has several hundred images online from the Filippo Tommaso Marinetti Papers. Marinetti was one of the leaders of Futurism. The collection includes many historical photographs (notes on back scanned as well), some writings, and printed materials. It is possible to download at least two different sizes of each image by clicking through to the image size needed and then right clicking (control-click on a Mac) to save the image locally. The largest images are actually a bit bigger than what is needed for PowerPoint; the medium images will work for PowerPoint as long as they are not stretched to the point of pixelating.

Art Finder

Friday, February 19th, 2010

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center have collaborated on a website, called Art Finder, which allows access to images of thousands of items in their collections. You can search and/or use drop-down lists to narrow results. AnĀ Art Finder Video Tour is also available. In order to get access to PowerPoint-sized images, you must click on a thumbnail image then click on the link at the right that says “Printable Image”. This will open a larger image in a new window. Right-click (Windows) or ctrl-click (Mac) to save the image to a location of your choosing. Note that approximately 4,500 image from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts are in ARTstor, but Art Finder contains more than 20,000 images.

Wellcome Images

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

The Wellcome Trust is an independent charity, based in London, which funds research to improve human and animal health. The trust has an extensive library that includes an eclectic mix of photographs, paintings, prints, and drawings, many of which are now available online through Wellcome Images. Visitors to the site can browse by subject categories or search. The images are not large, but they would work fine for PowerPoint.

Archives of American Art

Friday, August 7th, 2009

The Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution has online access to images in their collection. The large images that would be best for presentation purposes are watermarked, but the watermarking is fairly subtle. It is possible to browse a variety of groupings or search.

Online Archive of California

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

The Online Archive of California provides access to collections from a variety of California institutions, many of which include images. These are primarily photographs, prints, and posters. While much of it relates to California, the coverage goes much farther afield. It is possible to browse by topic or search. Good size images are available by clicking for a larger view or clicking to zoom in to the desired detail.