Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum
Site is all about the Transcontinental railroad construction in the 1860's. Stereoviews, engravings, maps, and documents are treasures of western Americana that illustrate the history of the first transcontinental railroad, built from Sacramento, California over the Sierra Nevada mountains, meeting the Union Pacific Railroad at the Golden Spike Ceremony at Promontory, Utah on May 10,1869. There is an image catalog and more than a thousand on-line stereographs by Alfred A. Hart, A. J. Russell, Houseworth, Muybridge, Reilly, Savage, Watkins and Anthony.
Finnish Museum of Photography
The Finnish Museum of Photography site has a nice display of its current and past exhibits and general information about the museum in English, and a links section to other related museums plus a much larger portion of the site in Finnish.
Fotomuseum Winterthur was founded in 1993 and is dedicated to photography as art form and document, and as a representation of reality. Fotomuseum Winterthur is on the one hand an art gallery for photography by contemporary photographers and artists (with exhibitions by Lewis Baltz, William Eggleston, Nan Goldin, Andreas Gursky, Roni Horn, Boris Mikhailov and many others). On the other, the Fotomuseum Winterthur is also a traditional museum for works by 19th and 20th century masters (with exhibitions by Karl Blossfeldt, Bill Brandt, Dorothea Lange, Lisette Model, Albert Renger-Patzsch, August Sander, Charles Sheeler, Edward Weston, Weegee and others). And finally, it is a cultural-historical, sociological museum of applied photography in the fields of industry, architecture, fashion, etc. (with exhibitions on police photography, industrial photography, dam-construction photography, medical photography etc.). These three orientations form the basis of the museum's exhibition program and accompanying publications and events.
International Center of Photography
This is a great photography museum in the heart of downtown Mahattan at 1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street. Always several good photography shows going on. Also maintains a book store, school, foundation, etc.
A website devoted to contemporary art photography. Represented artists include: Arthur Tress, Lisa Holden, Michael A. Smith, Claudia Kunin, Vladimir Birgus, Paula Chamblee, Stanko Abadzic, Krzysztof Pruszkowski, Joel D. Levinson, Jerry Spagnoli, Charlie Schreiner, Mitch Dobrowner, Michael Philip Manheim, Samer Mohdad and Ted Jones. Plus hundreds of works by other contemporary artists are in inventory there. An extensive list of books on contemporary photography and photographers is also offered for sale on the site. There is also an events calendar relating to the company and its represented artists and a news page.
Paul M. Hertzmann, Inc.
Paul M. Hertzmann, Inc., buying and selling photographs since 1974, is known for expertise in Edward Weston and the f.64 era, as well as American and European photography from the middle 19th century through the late 20th century. The company's areas of special interest include the American West, modernism from the 1920's-1940's, California pictorialism and postwar innovators, including Minor White and his students.
Founded in 1981 by Mack Lee, the Lee Gallery maintains an inventory of 19th- and 20th-century vintage photographs with three specific concentrations. The 19th-century focus is on American, British, and French photographs, particularly in the first three decades of photography, as well as the American Civil War and the exploration of the American West. A second focus is on the photographers of the Photo-Secession and the circle of Alfred Stieglitz. In addition, the company deals in 20th-century American masters of photography.
Charles Schwartz, Ltd.
Charles Schwartz Ltd. specializes in 19th and 20th century vintage photographs. An outstanding selection of early photographs, including cased images and paper prints, is offered on the site. The company carries a wide range of European and American images with a special emphasis on New York City. Japan and Southeast Asia are also well represented. In addition to works by masters of the medium such as Berenice Abbott and W. Eugene Smith, a variety of documentary images and an eclectic assortment of vernacular photographs are also offered. Charles Schwartz Ltd. is open by appointment only.
Vintage Works, Ltd.
Vintage Works, Ltd. is a private by-appointment photography dealer, which specializes in 19th and 20th century vintage photographs. The inventory is particularly strong in early paper and hard images before 1880 and Between the Wars surrealism and experimental photographs. However, the entire history of photography is well represented. French, English, Eastern Europe and American images are a major portion of the inventory, but most areas of the world are represented. The inventory of French 19th-century masters is particularly strong and includes such important photographers as Baldus, Le Gray, Negre, Teynard, De Clercq, Le Secq, De Launay, Girault de Prangey, Nadar, Salzmann, Marville, Fortier, Bisson Freres, Bayard and others. Also strong is our inventory of 20th-century French and American masters, which include Brassai, Kertesz, Doisneau, Cartier-Bresson, Siskind, Weston, Steichen, Stieglitz, Horst, Penn, Evans, Lartigue, Lange, Morgan, Laughlin, Friedlander, Boubat, Meatyard, Bing, Man Ray, Sieff, Siegel, Ubac, Callahan, Tress, Kollar, Ronis, Hine, Levitt, De Meyer and many others.
Arab Images Foundation
The Arab Images Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the safeguarding of modern and contemporary visual arts in the Arab world, and has done important work in the field of civil society development by highlighting the daily life of local populations in the Middle East and
North Africa. Using photography, it aims to show what usually stays out of the mainstream media's focus.
Association of International Photography Art Dealers
The Association of International Photography Art Dealers [AIPAD] was organized in 1979. With members in the United States, Australia, Canada, Europe and Japan, the Association has become a unifying force in the field of photography. AIPAD is dedicated to creating and maintaining high standards in the business of exhibiting, buying and selling photographs as art. Acting as the collective voice of the art photography dealers that make up its membership, AIPAD maintains ethical standards, promotes communication within the photographic community, encourages public appreciation of photography as art, concerns itself with the rights of photographers and collectors, and works to enhance the confidence of the public in responsible photography. AIPAD members provide a wide range of services to the public, such as exhibitions, appraisals, expert opinions and consultations.
The Daguerreian Society, founded 1988, is an organization of individuals and institutions sharing a common interest in the art, history and practice of the daguerreotype. The website provides details on membership and its benefits. It also offers extensive resources and information on daguerreotypes, including a bibliography, history and specifics on the process itself.
Over its 50 years, Aperture magazine grew into the non-profit Aperture Foundation, which expanded to include the subsequent publication of books, limited edition prints and portfolios, traveling exhibitions, and an educational program that includes lectures and panel discussions with artists, curators, and other key players in the field of photography. All of these programs can be found here on its website.
Image Permanance Institute
The Graphics Atlas, which is offered by the Image Permanance Institute, is a new online resource that brings sophisticated print identification and characteristic exploration tools to archivists, curators, historians, collectors, conservators, educators, and the general public.
Graphics Atlas has two central web applications. The print identification application guides you through a concise set of representations that replicate the experience of identifying prints using common tools (i.e., a loupe and a simple stereo microscope).
A second application, the Object Explorer, allows you to browse and compare traits across processes using a set of 18 views made with various lighting techniques and magnifications. Characteristics including size, format, color, texture, sheen, and layer structure are explored logically. The Graphics Atlas contains additional web pages devoted to the history of printing technologies expressed through text, images, and diagrams.
The Photo Review is a non-profit organization devoted to the development of photography and the encouragement of photographers. It runs an annual photography contest, a benefit auction, and several photography-related events annually. It publishes the Photo Review, a critical journal of photography; The Photo Review Newsletter, which list exhibits throughout the Mid-Atlantic region as well as international calls for work and news; The Photograph Collector Newsletter, one of the leading sources of information for the photography art market; and the Photographic Art Market: Auction Prices, an annual international guide to prices for photographs sold at auction.
Art of the Photogravure
As the site describes itself so aptly: "Celebrating the beauty and history of the photogravure process and the important role it has played in the evolution of fine art photography. This site contains a unique and extensive overview of photogravure as well as many resources to aid in the study of this all but forgotten art." An excellent and well designed website devoted to the photogravure.
A website with articles and links pages devoted to the art world and including photography.
This site was created for fine art photographers, however it's useful to anyone interested in selling artwork. Fine art photographers will find the site to be a very valuable online resource, so will collectors of photography. It features articles about the business of art and photography, tips on selling art, pointers on how to exhibit art, and ideas on how to promote and market artworks. There's information about artist copyright, artist grants, photography events, photography magazines and more. You'll also find a comprehensive listing of photography galleries, museums and non-profit photography organizations.
Atlas of Analytical Signatures of Photographic Processes
The Atlas of Analytical Signatures of Photographic Processes is intended for practicing photograph conservators, curators, art historians, archivists, library professionals, and anyone responsible for the care of photograph collections. Its purpose is to aid in the formulation of analytical questions related to a particular photograph and to assist scientists unfamiliar with analysis of photographs when interpreting analytical data. The Atlas contains interpretation guides with identification of overlaps of spectral peaks and warnings of potential misidentification or misinterpretation of analytical results.
Additional photograph processes will be added as research becomes available.
Fine Art Info
Fine art appraisal and art prices with a free basic auction search. Also a section on signatures and monograms. A charge for more details, but a good site for the basics.
New York Public Library
We often forget the wonderful resources of our public libraries, and the New York Public Library is one of the best. A good portion of Its huge collection of photography (over a half million photographs) can be accessed on line, and the library maintains a list of the more than 6,000 photographers in its collection, along with their nationalities, and birth and death dates.
PhotoLinks Photography Directory
A general photography links page, with links to many types of photography sites.
OK, usually we wouldn't include a photo retouching website here, but this site is so much more. The site has detailed articles on facial recognition and identification, photo history, determining fake from real on signatures and photos, telling one photo process from another, dating photos, galleries on "Lincoln", "Hitler", "Jessie James" and other usually mis-identified historical figures.
This is a great site with a wealth of resources for the photo collector, curator and dealer.
Free WIFI Connections in Paris
This is a list by arrondissements (think New York City boroughs, but smaller) of where you can get free WIFI connections in Paris. Great government site.
Paris Mayor's Office Site
Lots of great information on what's going on in Paris from the government standpoint. In French and an abbreviated version in English and Spanish (just click on the little EN or ES at the top right). Definitely worth looking at if you are planning to visit or are visiting this city of lights. From festival information to a list of parks and their program, you'll find it all here and more.
My own list of some of the best and most reasonable restaurants in Paris with addresses, phone numbers, food, service and pricing information. Plus lots of tips on eating out in France's capital city.
For 20 years Be-Hold has been a source of strong and unusual vintage photographic imagery. Specialties range from fine daguerreotypes and other early formats, including CDV's and stereo views, through larger photographic prints into the mid-20th Century. Catalog and internet auctions of this material are held regularly. Appraisal, collection management and development expertise in these areas are also available from the company.
Eyemazing devoted to International Contemporary Photography
Eyemazing is devoted to International Contemporary Photography. A quarterly, large-format image magazine printed on the finest paper. With 196 pages, each issue of Eyemazing presents exciting new work of known and unknown talented artists from all around the world,new photography book reviews and articles on major photography festivals and events.
Imaging Science is a journal of the Royal Photographic Society, which is published by Maney Publishing. The journal covers exclusively both fundamental and applied scientific aspects of imaging.
British photographic history
The British photographic history blog which was launched by Dr. Michael Pritchard at the start of 2009 now has over 1,000 members, in addition to many other regular readers. They range from museum and gallery curators, photographic academics, students, collectors, dealers and representatives from the photographic press from around the world.
The blogs on the site provide a forum for news of events and happenings within the British photographic history community. This can include lectures or meetings, exhibition news, jobs and general news affecting collections of photographic material or individuals within the field. BPH will also include relevant book and website reviews from time to time.
While the focus is on Britain it may, on occasion, include material that is of wider interest from Europe, the United States and Asia. Each member can develop their own pages much like on other social networking sites.
A little disconcerting at first, because the author does go off on other tangents besides photography. But his subtitle on his older blog: "a weblog about fine-art photography (and more)" does indicate you will get lots of other opinions about other topics. Most of the postings are URL links to other sites about something he feels is interesting, and often it is. This has become more of a webzine than blog over the last year.
This blog on art, politics, gossip and tough love by New York City art dealer Ed Winkleman hits on a lot of the issues dealing with photography and the contemporary art market. He seems balanced and intelligent about the issues, although some of those responding to his posts do get rather heated in the following debates over the issues.
[EV+/-] Exposure Compensation
A very interesting blog devoted to issues relating to photography and photographers. This one hits more from the art photography side but also deals with strong photojournalism issues as well.
A good blog on contemporary (or at least modern) Japanese photography with original interviews with photographers, reports on related exhibitions, book reviews, etc. Very well done and very comprehensive on this particular subject
A blog by Evan Mirapaul about his observations and thoughts about art and photography as they relate to his travels to galleries and fairs around the world.
Masters of Photography
A blog devoted to reviewing the work and biographies of some great photographers, including related websites for those photographers. Very nicely done by photographer and teacher, John Benigno.
Mode Studio: Photography, Photoshop, Adobe Training, and Sometimes Video
My friend Stephen Weinrebe is posting up a new blog, which addresses a lot of the issues with digital photography and Adobe Photoshop in particular. As a part of this process, he spotlights a number of noted contemporary photographers' work and discusses the digital impact on the photography market. But he also touches on traditional photography. While the column is more targeted to photographers, collectors, dealers and curators can certainly benefit from the information here.
Modern Art Obsession
Modern Art Obsession, or MAO for short, is "Where the Pursuit of the Collection IS the Obsession", according to the blog's author, who primarily focuses on contemporary photography in an off-beat and don't-take-me-serious way. Really worth the trip. Unfortunately hasn't been updated for several years.
Old Photos of Japan
This is a great blog and resource for Japanese photographs from the 1860s-1930s. It is available in English, Japanese and Dutch. Photos are searchable by period, photographer, theme, medium and location.
Photo Life’s monthly on-line newsletter reports on technology, news, events and contests, as well as who’s who in the Canadian photographic industry. Has occasional articles of interest to photography collectors and curators.
Slices of Visuality
Slices of Visuality is a blog about images, looking and seeing run by Stella Pekiaridi. It is a fruit of her special interest in visual culture after completing her postgraduate studies in Communication, Media and Culture at Panteion University of Athens. Her MA thesis is entitled “Our First Murder: the Representation of Death in the Postmodern West through Photobooks of Forensic Photography”. Her research areas include photography theory, photoliterature, book studies and media archeology. In this blog you will find various topics concerning the field of visual culture as well as her personal photographic projects. But like a lot of blogs, this one has not been updated in a while.
VoxPhotographs: The Voice of Fine Art Photography in Maine
As it notes, this blog somewhat focuses on the photography market in Maine, but it goes well beyond those boundaries. Heather Frederick's fine blog covers fine art photography in a way that photographers, collectors and curators would all find very interesting.