Some help for you

Hand pointing, light beams in backgroundWhether it’s Google Earth, Facebook, or Selfies many of you are thinking about the intersection between social media and photography.

THIS is a short, great essay on the problems of the selfie.

Others of you (BOGDAN–I’m talking to you) are thinking about the life cycle of images: their creation, transmission, storage, searchability, etc. You need to know about the Hillman Photography Initiative.

From the Hillman Photography Initiative website:

The Hillman Photography Initiative at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) investigates the lifecycle of images: their creation, transmission, consumption, storage, potential loss, and reemergence. Technology accelerates the pace of this cycle, and often alters or redirects the trajectory of an image in unexpected, powerful ways.

The Hillman Photography Initiative is an incubator for innovative thinking on the photographic image. The Initiative centers around four projects that, taken together, investigate the boundaries and possibilities of photography through the way that an image travels. Conceived through an open, discursive process, unique in a museum setting, these projects include live public events at the museum, a pop-up reading room in the galleries, two collaborative web-based projects, and a series of commissions, including documentary videos, art projects, and writing. This website is designed to foster public conversations around the larger story that these four projects tell, and knit them together in a single experience.


The Hillman Photography Initiative has so many cool projects: Orphaned Images, The Invisible Photography, I’m especially excited for the upcoming issue about Physics and photographic processes! (nerd), and This Picture, which asks people to stop, look and respond to one image at a time. One image at a time—how we should all be looking. Looking, not swiping through SnapChat and Instagram.

From Daguerrotype to Digital: a brief history of colour photography

George Eastman House’s photostream on Flickr. Excellent historic images.

Short video about the Autochrome process, from The ImageWorks in Rochester, NY.

Concise History of Color Photography with excellent images and text.

The George Eastman House: Notes on Photographs: An international forum for gathering information that enhances the communal understanding of the photographic print.

A short video about the history of color photography from the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC)

History and manufacture of Lantern Slides.

The scandal and possible truth surrounding Levi Hill who claimed to have invented color photography.




(Image from the New York Times Magazine)

This is the first DIGITAL (filmless) camera. 1975!
Wonder why it took so long to be on the consumer market? Read this.




colorful pixels


A list of links about the origins of the digital camera, as well as other connections between photography and technology.
Because we can’t talk about current photography without talking about the scourge of the Selfie (yuck) here is a site, SelfieCITY that  Investigates Selfies in five cities across the world. Explore the site, especially the essays.


PICTURES OF CATS! (before the Internet)

Just in case you think cats + social media is new, (mew?) it’s not.

Maker: S.L. Upham & Fowler
Title: Cat / opaque background
Date: ca. 1875
Medium: albumen print
Dimensions: Image: 9.5 x 5.5 cm Mount: 10.1 x 6.2 cm


This image is from the George Eastman House Flickr Feed.


This is Now! : This site showcases the latest image uploaded to Instagram based on geo-tag locations.

If you’re on Instagram, and want more followers, leave your instagram name in the comments. I’m Mrs.JonathanHart. Yes, Hart to Hart. The TV show.


If you’re interested in more information about the History of Photography, check out this and this.



In the above posts, you’ll find a brief history of the camera obscura, how many painters such as Vermeer used a camera obscura to aid in his painting, as well as contemporary artists who use the camera obscura.

If you’re interested in the connection between Vermeer and the camera obscura, this is a compelling documentary:

Tim’s Vermeer” a documentary by Penn and Teller (yes, THAT Penn and Teller) about one man’s obsession with discovering Vermeer’s secrets. Hint: camera obscura! Trailer | NY Times article | TIFF summary