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A List of Sites Related to the History of Photography

[Women shopping in Baltimore's Flower Market, c. 1925]


Women shopping in Baltimore's Flower Market, c. 1925
Special Collections, Maryland State Archives, MSA SC 1890-4709

This is a list of nifty history of photography sites that I have found in my travels on the World Wide Web.

The Library of Congress has a great deal of information on the web. For photophiles, the places to go are:

The National Museum of Film, Photography and Television in London, England has information sheets on hundreds of questions about photographic processes and conservation of photographs.

While you are in England, you might want to look at Robert Leggat's History of Photography web site. There are histories of photographic processes and biographies of important photographers.

For more wonderful European photography, see Andrew Daneman's History of Photography. This site is devoted to the history of Danish Photography, but the help section (under construction now) is going to be quite comprehensive. There is also an interesting collection of tintypes and and exhibit of Danish Images in this site. Definitely look at the images of the slums of Copenhagen!

One of the best history of photography sources on the web is the City Gallery. It is a bit confusing at first, but the Knowledge Base and the 19th Century Exchange can be quite useful. The PhotoArchipelago is really neat, too!

For help with your own personal archives, check out the Family Photo Historian. Tips on how to organize your photographs and preservation tips for your precious family photographs.

For a comprehensive Glossary of Photographic Terms check out the site at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Those people who are more scientificly minded -- and who can read German and French -- should look at the papers presented by the Scientific Photography Lab of the Chemistry Department of the University of Basel. The papers are definitly cutting edge science by some of the best scientists in the field, and if you are interested in the whys and hows of modern photography and preservation, particularly digital restoration of photographs, you should take a look.

For people interested in specific types of photographs, there are some sites out there devoted to a single process:

The George Eastman House is, of course, the granddaddy of all photography museums. Their web site contains a wonderful timeline of photography.

For more modern photographs, check out the Time-Life photograph collections on-line.

For more cool photo links, look at the WWW Photograph Links at the University of Kentucky.

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