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In 100 years, will today’s digital files be accessible? Planning for ‘digital obsolescence’

19 Aug

Are you planning ahead for accessing what has been digitized? Here’s some material to help you think about this: In 100 years, will today’s digital files be accessible? Planning for ‘digital obsolescence’ | St. Louis Public Radio

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Oldest Surviving Photograph of a U.S. President Has Surfaced

19 Aug

The 1843 daguerreotype of John Quincy Adams was discovered by a descendant of Vermont Representative Horace Everett. It is the oldest surviving photograph of a U.S. President, as noted here at the Smithsonian: Oldest Surviving Photograph of a U.S. President Has Surfaced | Smart News | Smithsonian

1917 draft board, Los Angeles–100 years ago.

18 Aug

 

One hundred years ago, World War I was still raging. The Los Angeles Times has a photo here from then: 1917 draft board – Framework – Photos and Video – Visual Storytelling from the Los Angeles Times

Solomon D. Butcher’s Photographs Celebrate the Pioneer

6 Aug

Carson Vaughan at the Paris Review has a fascinating piece on Nebraska photographer Solomon D. Butcher. Read it here, and see some of Butcher’s photographs: The Paris Review – Blog Archive Solomon D. Butcher’s Photographs Celebrate the Pioneer

The Rare-Book Thief Who Looted College Libraries in the ’80s

24 Jul

By passing as a professor, James Richard Shinn made off with over $100,000 worth of books. Read Susan Falciani’s fascinating account of the master book thief here: The Rare-Book Thief Who Looted College Libraries in the ’80s – Atlas Obscura

The Colors of Japanese Internment

20 Feb

The rich colors of Bill Manbo’s photos remind us that the World War II internment of Japanese Americans at Heart Mountain, Wyoming took place in the same vivid hues as the present. Peruse some of Manbo’s photographs here at the New Yorker: The Colors of Japanese Internment – The New Yorker

The Mysteries of Our Family Snapshots

7 Jan

Here’s a taste of Geoff Dyer’s fascinating essay:

Without Walker Evans to remind them of how things once were, swaths of America would not know that there was more to their ancestral world than Bed Bath & Beyond. Evans’s work is stamped, always, by his capacity to rigorously absent himself from the records he created. This may be why James Agee, in his famous collaboration with Evans, “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” likened the camera “to unassisted and weaponless consciousness.” Paradoxically, the effect of Evans’s scrupulous mastery is sometimes achieved by the artlessness of the amateur. Hence the magic of — and meaning buried within — the term “found photographs.” In them, the nonhuman finds expression and achieves documentation.

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