Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Latest additions to ARTstor

June 22, 2011

Bragg House, Carnegie Survey

In collaboration with the Library of Congress, ARTstor is releasing 6,884 documentary photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnston from the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South. With support from the Carnegie Corporation in 1933-1940, Johnston (1864-1952) photographed buildings and gardens in nine Southern states in an attempt to document disappearing antebellum architecture.

Dolores Zorreguieta, Wounds, in Franklin Furnace Collection

ARTstor has also collaborated with Franklin Furnace, an organization founded in 1976 by Martha Wilson to promote ephemeral art forms. ARTstor will add 3,345 images of artists’ books, performance art, site-specific works, and other time-based ephemeral arts. For more information on Franklin Furnace, go here.

The Warburg Institute, founded in 1921 to study the influence of the classical tradition in Western arts, is now sharing 10,000 images of Renaissance and Baroque book illustrations from their rare book collection.
In addition to these available collections, ARTstor has just signed several new collection agreements. Soon to be added:
Via Lucas will contribute 2,000 images of medieval Christian churches in France and Spain
• The Justin and Barbara Kerr collection will add 500 still and rollout images of Maya Pre-Colombian vases and artifacts

Court rules Richard Prince liable for Infringement

March 22, 2011

According to a federal court judge in New York, artist Richard Prince and the Gagosian Gallery infringed on photographer Patrick Cariou’s copyrights when Prince produced “Canal Zone,” a series of 29 paintings taken from Cariou’s book titled Yes, Rasta. Prince created collages and paintings from photographs — details but also some “used in their entirety or nearly so” — torn from Cariou’s book.  Prince’s maintained that Cariou’s photographs were “‘mere compilations of facts…arranged with minimum creativity…[and] are therefore not protectable’ by copyright law,” and that his transformation of Cariou photographs through his appropriation is protected under the doctrine of “fair-use.” The judge rejected Prince’s defense, refering to the Rogers v. Koons case: “If an infringement of copyrightable expression could be justified as fair use solely on the basis of the infringer’s claim to a higher or different artistic use . . . there would be no practicable boundary to the fair use defense.” Fair Use permits copyrighted works to be used without permission under certain provisions, in particular criticism, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research.  Prince has been ordered by the court to destroy all the infringing works. To read more, go to the complete March 21 pdn article.

iPhone war photos: photojournalism or photography?

February 16, 2011

Damon Winter/The New York Times

Damon Winter’s ‘A Grunt’s Life‘, a photo essay capturing the daily life of US troops in an Afghanistan war zone with the use of the photographer’s iPhone, has won recent praise and an international photojournalism award. It has also stirred up some surprising controversy. The flap is not over the content — standard
photojournalism — or Winter’s use of an iPhone — also not unusual for photojournalists.  Rather, journalists and photojournalists are questioning whether Winter’s ‘fauxlaroids’ are telling the ‘truth. Winter relied on the iPhone app Hipstamatic which applies visual filters resulting in color-shifting and some distortion to create a moody atmosphere. For more on this debate about authenticity and photojournalism, go here, here and here.

The End of the line for Kodachrome

December 31, 2010

The last roll of Kodachrome film was processed Thursday, December 30th when Dwayne’s Photo, owner of the last  Kodachrome processing machine, turned off their processor and sold it for scrap.  Kodachrome  Kodachromefilm, developed in 1935 and prized for its rich color, became a victim of digital photography.  Despite the popularity of digital cameras, many photographers mourned the end of Kodachrome. Dwayne’s Photo did a hopping business in Kodachrome development in the last few weeks: an Arkansas railroad worker developed his remaining 1,580 rolls of film (for a total of $15,798); an artist from London made her first trip to the United States for the purpose of turning in three rolls of film and shooting five more before the processing deadline. [New York Times, December 29, 2010]

New ARTstor collections

November 12, 2010

ARTstor -- George Eastman HouseARTstor recently added several new collections to their database and signed agreements with 2 more major institutions. Among the new additions now available are: important works by Judy Chicago, including almost 400 images and interviews with the artist on her career, books and nonprofit organizations, and 14,000 additional photographs from the George Eastman House. ARTstor now contains approximately 19,000 examples of photographs — from early daguerreotypes to contemporary prints — from the George Eastman House.
New collection agreements have been signed with 3 new collections. The Museum of the City of New York will share approximately 55,000 images of New York City from their Prints and Drawings, and Photographs divisions. The Getty Research Institute is also collaborating with ARTstor to add two new collections: the Julius Shulman Archive and the Alexander Liberman Archive. The Alexander Liberman (1912-1999) archive will contribute 1,500 images of  modern European and American paintings, including works by Cézanne, Duchamp and Rothko. The Julius Shulman collection contains nearly 5,000 iconic photographs of Southern California modern architecture from 1936-1997.

Ansel Adams meets the Antiques Roadshow

November 10, 2010

It all began ten years ago when Rick Norsigian bought 2 boxes of negatives at a Fresno garage sale for $45. Art, handwriting and weather experts concluded that within these boxes of negatives were 65 plates produced by Ansel Adams; in July, an art dealer valued the negatives at $200 million. A short while later, a relative of Earl Brooks — a contemporary of Ansel Adams — claimed that the images were taken by Brooks, not Adams. Add now we can add Arthur C. Pillsbury to the list of possible creators of the Norsigian negatives.  According to the New York Times, because Yosemite was such a popular spot for photographers at this time (80 years ago), this may not be the last of the plot twists. The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust, the Center for Creative Photography and the University of Arizona archive, along with a number of art and forensic experts, dispute Norsigian’s claim to own authentic Adam’s negatives. The Adams trust and Norsigian meet in federal court this week over an alleged trademark violation resulting from Norsigian’s sale of prints of the negatives.

Tate Britain and iTunes develop Muybridgizer app

November 9, 2010

Tate Britain and iTunes have created a free app called the “Muybridgizer” Muybridge appthat allows iPhone photographers to take pictures inspired by the iconic works of early photographer Eadweard Muybridge. The app release coincides with the opening of the Tate’s major exhibition Muybridge at Tate Britain (8 September 2010 – 16 January 2011).

[Requirements: Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch (4th generation). Requires iOS 4.0 or later]