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Photography Museums & Research Centers

Selected commercial, non-profit, and personal websites for photography

  • 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." (quoted from website)
  • Aperture Foundation
    Aperture Foundation is a non-profit foundation that promotes photography.
  • Canon Camera Museum
    "The Canon Camera Museum is a virtual facility presenting a wealth of information on Canon cameras." (quote from website)
  • Graphics Atlas
    "A sophisticated resource that presents a unique, object-based approach for the identification and characterization of prints and photographs;' allows the user to identify, study, and compare traits of pre-photographic, photographic, photomechanical, and digital processes.
  • History of Photography: from its beginnings till the 1920s (R. Leggat)
  • Intute.Photography
    Lists various websites pertaining to photography organized by categories, e.g. Photography history, Photographers, Techniques and materials
  • ipl2: Photography
    Includes over listing for over 450 websites pertaining to photography. "In January 2010, the website "ipl2: information you can trust" was launched, merging the collections of resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII) websites. The site is hosted by Drexel University's College of Information Science & Technology, and a consortium of colleges and universities ... .(quoted from website)
  • James Curtis, "Making Sense of Documentary Photography," .
    U.S. survey course on the Web published online June 2003; available on History Matters website.
  • Masters of
  • National Geographic Society. History of Photography
    This site includes history of photography; photographers A-Z; photo gallery, a photography history timeline.
  • Nature photography: a beginner's guide
    Well-designed, encouraging website with a few good tips for the beginning nature photographer. Thanks to Kathleen and Stephanie for this link!
  • Photo-eye
    Site includes a gallery, visual server, USA photo guide.
  • Photogrammar (Yale)
    A web-based platform for organizing, searching, and visualizing the 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information.
  • Photographic Exhibitions in Britain 1839-1865
    "This is a research database containing individual records for over 20 000 photographic exhibits drawn from forty exhibition catalogues published between 1839 - 1865. It was created by Roger Taylor and originally published under the same title in book form by the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 2002." (quoted from website). Site also includes a glossary of processing terms.
  • PhotoLinks
    Site includes photographers searchable by individual states in the U.S.; information on photography resources, supplies, equipment, specialty services.
  • SF Camerawork
    "SF Camerawork is a nonprofit organization that encourages emerging and mid-career artists to explore new directions in photography and related media." (quote from website)
  • Social
    "Using the power of photography to promote global awareness. is a website for photographers, NGOs, editors, journalists, lovers of photography ... . Launched in October 2008, (SDN) today has hundreds of compelling online exhibits by photographers from all corners of the globe documenting issues ... ." (quoted from website)
  • The history of photography and the camera: from pinholes to smartphones
    Page on the Snugg company's website offers a concise and interesting overview/history of photography and the camera. Short sections are followed by links to further information: websites, PDFs, articles. Thanks to Matt and Adam for suggesting this resource!
  • Time In Partnership with CNN. Photos
  • Voice of the Shuttle: Photography (VoS)
    Provides lists and links to websites on photography

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