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The Making of Photographydatabase.org (2)

These types of projects need boundaries to assure that they are finite and do-able. Our boundaries have continuously expanded: from only U.S. public collections to international collections; exhibition histories for museums as well as for photographers; links to the proliferation of web sites; and recently, commercial galleries. […]

The Making of Photographydatabase.org (1)

Andrew Eskind: Photographydatabase.org is a free, online database indexing over 95,000 photographers — from the beginning of photography up to today — whose work is owned by, and accessible to researchers at, over 1000 public museums and archives in the United States and throughout the world. It cross-indexes photographers, collections, exhibitions, bibliographic citations, and now, for the first time, commercial galleries as well. It is the most extensive reference tool of its kind in the field of photography, with additions made on a daily basis. […]

Physical Memories: Albums, Pictures and Stories

Judith Black: When I got a call asking if I would look at some old negatives from a family shoebox to see if they were worth printing, I agreed. For many years, I have researched the history of family albums and their value as vernacular documentation of individual lives and as archives of social and political histories. Squinting through the loupe at the negatives to see the detail, it was immediately apparent that the photographs had been worth the look. They were medium format negatives, about 2.25 x 3.5 inches (6 x 9 cm) from a roll film camera, maybe a Kodak Brownie. I learned that they belonged to his wife’s grandfather, Ramon Rius, and that he had taken them during the Spanish Civil War near his bakery in Lleida […]