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The Conservation of Rare Photographs

I recently watched a fascinating video on Youtube by PBS NewsHour as part of Canvas, their regular series on arts and culture, detailing the amazing work being done in the Photo Conservation Department of the Art Institute of Chicago. With

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Jerome Robbins and the NYPL: How can dance, history, and politics interact in an archival context?

The task of archiving dance is notoriously sisyphean. As an inherently ephemeral medium, what constraints is dance archiving subject to, and how can those be overcome? Further, choreographers are historically “behind the scenes,” not often subject to the scrutiny and

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Cantor Arts Center and Stanford Libraries collaborate to make Warhol photography archives publicly available

This detail from an Andy Warhol contact sheet is among an archive of 3,600 contact sheets and 130,000 images available through Stanford Libraries. Andy Warhol (U.S.A., 1928–1987), Detail from Contact Sheet [Photo shoot with Andy Warhol with shadow], 1986. Gelatin

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Jack Delano’s Color Photos of Chicago’s Rail Yards in the 1940s

I wanted to share this article I found from The Atlantic, which contains a collection of 21 high resolution color photographs taken by Jack Delano (1914 – 1997), a photographer who traveled through America’s countryside in the early 1940s, hoping

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Zofia Rydet: Photo Documentarian

Last week, I believe some students in my class section mentioned an interest in photo-based archives, which reminded me of this article, which I had read not long before class.  The article focuses on Zofia Rydet’s multi-decade project called The

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Empty Apartments

EmptyApartments.net is a collaborative project between Angeles Cossio and Jeff Thompson, two practicing artists. The pair conceptualized the image collection when skimming Craigslist for apartments for rent. While browsing, both artists recognized interesting (often baffling) visual similarities in the photographs used

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Are you Sitting Down?

Herbert Mitchell, a librarian at the Columbia University Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library from 1960 to 1991 was what you might call an “extreme collector” (or maybe a hoarder, depending on your perspective). He couldn’t resist the ephemera of

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What Happens When Discarded Archives Go Public

Some of the most poignant photographs in American history come from FSA photographers like Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange who traveled through depression-era country-side and documented the struggles of traveling farmers. Many of the photographs that were popular then are

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Knolling as a Form of Visual Organization

Last week’s discussion on classification and categorization led me to think of one of the most satisfying visual representations of organization; Knolling. “Knolling” is most commonly a term used to describe the laying out of objects in an orderly, right

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