What used to be accessible only by researchers and staff of the American Museum of Natural History is now finally made available to the public!
Just last Monday, the American Museum of Natural History formally launched its *Digital Special Collections* – a rare move for the institution in its 145-year history. The collection boasts of more than 7,000 images, many of which were previously unseen by the public and includes archival photos, rare book illustrations, drawings, notes, letters, art and other Museum memorabilia depicting its efforts in New York as well as other parts of the world. On the website, collections are divided into Rare Book Collection, Julian Dimock Collection, Lumholtz Expedition to Mexico, Art & Memorabilia, Jesup North Pacific Expedition, Photographic Collection, and Lantern Slides.
As of this writing, a total of 7,245 items have already been digitized by the Museum. It must be noted, though, that this is an ongoing effort. Professionals from the Museum’s library, interns, and volunteers work together to have new images added to the collection every week.
Thousands of photographs and other related materials by celebrated American photographer Robert Frank may now be accessed by the public through the National Gallery of Art's The Robert Frank Collection.
Last year I took part in Photographia, a project that encouraged the use of cameras from the volt of Museu da Imagem em Movimento (M|i|mo). The gear collection used to belong to a well-known Portuguese TV channel (RTP) and some professional photographers. The cameras hadn’t been used since they were donated to the museum—until the launch of Photographia.
Geoffrey Berliner is the Executive Director of the Penumbra Foundation and the Center for Alternative Photography in New York. As the head of an organization whose goals are 'to be a comprehensive resource for photographers at any level' and 'to continue to publicize the impact photography has had and continues to have on culture, history and the arts,' his exposure to photographic materials -from 19th century gems to modern equipment- is so extensive, one cannot even begin to fathom just how much knowledge and experience this man has acquired. His collection of over 2000 vintage Petzval lenses is unparalleled, and the object of envy of both traditional and contemporary photographers. Although such lenses are reputed to require a certain level of skill to be used, Berliner seems to manage them with so much ease, producing splendid results.
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"Love your camera" is Marika's first rule when it comes to shooting film. Her passion for collecting gear stemmed from a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of testing a variety of film cameras for her friend's shop. Let's all welcome our newcomer of the week from Prague, Czech Republic, analogvision!
Check out these snapshots from the community, taken with various cameras equipped with the Diana Flash. While you're at it, find out how you can earn piggies and have your own photos be featured on the Online Shop!