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Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar
"In "Suffering under a Great Injustice": Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar, the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress presents for the first time side-by-side digital scans of both Adams's 242 original negatives and his 209 photographic prints (with the print on the left and the negative on the right), allowing viewers to see his darkroom technique and in particular how he cropped his prints."

Albany Library Historical Photograph Collection
"...contains more than 600 photographs related to the history of Albany, dating from the 1740s to the present."

Alubumen - albumen photographs: history, science and preservation
"Presenting the art and science of albumen printing, this site brings together 19th Century technical instruction, contemporary research, an online forum for conservation treatment and a wealth of images. This unique resource is dedicated to those who value the application of technology to the creative process of image making."
By John Burke, Walter Henry, Paul Messier, Timothy Vitale and Stanford University Libraries.

American Memory from the Library of Congress
Historical Collections for the National Digital Library.
The premier national collection of historic photos, prints, documents, motion pictures, maps, and sound records. A true national treasure and a must visit for all educational levels.

Creative Americans: Portraits by Carl Van Vechten, 1932-1964
"...Congress consists of 1,395 photographs taken by American photographer Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) between 1932 and 1964. The bulk of the collection consists of portrait photographs of celebrities, including many figures from the Harlem Renaissance. A much smaller portion of the collection is an assortment of American landscapes.
American Memory, Library of Congress

The Empire That Was Russia:
The Prokudin-Gorskii Photographic Record Recreated
Sections include: Photographer to the Tsar ; Architecture ; Ethnic Diversity ; Transportation ; People at Work.
A Library of Congress [U.S.] Exhibit

Freeze Frame
Eadweard Muybridge's Photography of Motion
"...explores the famous photographs of animal and human locomotion that Muybridge made at the University of Pennsylvania between 1884 and 1887."
National Museum of American History

George Eastman House - International Museum of Photography and Film
Photography Collections Online
"A steadily growing digital image sampler and browsing resource fro the vast photography holdings of George Eastman House."

Helios - Photography Online
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Sections include: The First Century of American Photographs ; Contemporary American Landscape Photographs ; American Daguerreotypes ; Photography Links.

Imaging Everest
"To mark the anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953, the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) in conjunction with the British Council in Nepal has created an exhibition called Imaging Everest from its collection of approximately 20,000 photographs taken on the nine Mount Everest Expeditions between 1921 and 1953. These expeditions were jointly organized by the Royal Geographical Society and the Alpine Club. The exhibition shows the importance of the landscape and people of the Himalayan region and tells the story of those involved in the first attempts to climb Everest ...This website provides an online version of the Imaging Everest exhibition and enables people all over the world to share this remarkable collection of photographs.
Sections include: The History of Everest ; Everest Expeditions in the 1920s and 1930s ; Tibetan People ; Religion in Tibet and Nepal ; Nepal in the 1950s ; Sherpas ; Tenzing and Hillary ; Mount Everest Expedition 1953 ; Biographies ; Everest Slideshow.
- The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Marquette University Libraries - University Archives Photo Exhibits


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Reflections in Black
A History of Black Photographers, 1840 to the Present
Sections include: The First 100 Years ; Art and Black Activism ; Black History Deconstructed ; Selected Bibliography.
The Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution

"Suffering Under a Great Injustice"
Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar

"...the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress presents for the first time side-by-side digital scans of both Adams's 242 original negatives and his 209 photographic prints, allowing viewers to see his darkroom technique and in particular how he cropped his prints."
- American Memory, Library of Congress

Taking the Long View: Panoramic Photographs, 1851-1991
"...contains approximately four thousand images featuring American cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits. These panoramas offer an overview of the nation, its enterprises and its interests, with a focus on the start of the twentieth century when the panoramic photo format was at the height of its popularity."
- American Memory, Library of Congress

Through the Lens of Time:
Images of African Americans from the Cook Collection of Photographs
"Search or browse nearly 300 images of African Americans dating from the nineteenth and early twentieth century from the Cook Collection of Photographs. These digitally scanned images are of prints taken by George S. Cook (1819-1902) and Huestes P. Cook (1748-1951) primarily in the Richmond and Central Virginia area. "Through the Lens of Time" is joint project between VCU Libraries and the Valentine Museum/Richmond History Center."

When They Were Young
A Photographic Retrospective of Childhood
"The pictures in this exhibition recall the spirit, vulnerability, playfulness, unpredictability, restlessness, and dignity of children throughout generations and in diverse parts of the world."
- Library of Congress Exhibition

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