NYCHA Photo Exhibit

There is a fantastic exhibit of photographs in the New York City Housing Authority Collection up here. It includes images from the 1930s and 40s of new public housing, as well as some invaluable views of the tenements and neighborhoods that were demolished to make room for them. Look for images of back-lot tenements andĀ old-law […]

Boston Public Library Historic Photographs on Flickr

Birthplace of John Adams, Quincy, Mass., taken 1929 by Leon Abdalian, originally uploaded by Boston Public Library. We’ve become spoiled, and a little jaded, perhaps, by great resources like HABS and the New York Public Library’s on-line image collections but there’s a huge amount of newly digitized historic material still being put on the web. […]

Flickr as image backup

A good friend is a tenured scholar at a small school that does not routinely provide secure network storage space to its faculty. She described art and architecture students keeping their digital work on USB drives and revealed that her second book manuscript resides on her laptop and, occasionally, gets backed up onto a CD. […]

Photoethnography blog

In rooting around this morning, I found the following blog, by Karen Nakamura, a cultural anthropologist who uses documentary photography as a key component of her fieldwork. Her site has some very useful discussions of equipment and technique that, though geared primarily to making photographs of people, are also relevant to those of us who […]

Faking Pictures in Photoshop

Skeptics about the merits of digital photgraphy for architectural documentation have noted the ease with which images can be manipulated in Photoshop. The classic complaint is that if it’s so easy to remove things like power lines, how can we trust that any digital image is an accurate representation of a building? Well, I suppose […]