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[teacherartexchange] Smithsonian Photography Initiative


From: Judy Decker (judy.decker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Sep 16 2006 - 08:57:05 PDT

Dear Art Educators,

This site was recommended in Scout Report.

15. Smithsonian Photography Initiative [Macromedia Flash Player]

This year, the Smithsonian Photography Initiative (SPI), which is dedicated
to promoting the use of Smithsonian photographic resources -roughly 13
million images located in approximately seven hundred collections -,
launched a new Web site. The Web site serves several purposes: an online
repository of images, a gateway to exhibitions, and a community where
visitors can find not only images, but can also connect with others with
similar interests, ranging from experts to amateurs. The site also includes
Enter the Frame, an interactive interface where visitors can browse images
from 19 Smithsonian museums, arrange selected images into sequences, and
tag, or apply descriptive keywords to images. Sequences can then be saved,
and viewed by subsequent visitors. For example, a sequence entitled "August"
- submitted August 21, 2006 - included an 1855 Daguerreotype of a tree-lined
street in Savannah, Georgia; a cyanotype portrait of Thomas Smillie (chief
photographer for the Smithsonian from 1870 until his death in 1917) from the
Smithsonian Archives; a 1992 photo of an African girl with flowers in her
hair from the American Art Museum; and an 1865 albumen print taken by Julia
Margaret Cameron, among its 10 selections. [review by Debra Shapiro]

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