Bangor Daily News: Hidden for 50 years, famed photographer’s images of rural Maine’s ‘guts’ revealed. “Kosti Ruohomaa was a photojournalist during the golden age of picture magazines in the 1940s and ’50s. Shying away from pretty postcard images, Ruohomaa documented the true face of rural Maine and showed it to the rest of the world. He worked for the famed Black Star photo agency in New York City for almost his whole career. Since his death in 1961 at the age of 47, Black Star has kept a tight grip on Ruohomaa’s entire archive of prints and negatives. Most of his work has never been published or seen by anyone outside the Black Star office. But that’s about to change. Last month, Ruohomaa’s work came home home to Maine.”
eWeek: Microsoft Bing Delivers More ‘Bird’s Eye’ Views of Points of Interests. “Microsoft has added dozens of new locations to the Bird’s Eye feature in Bing Maps. Bird’s Eye uses oblique imagery processing technology to provide detail-packed views that can help travelers navigate their surroundings by sight.”
Mount Desert Islander: Museum makes historic fisheries photos accessible
. “Researchers and others interested in maritime and fishing history have a powerful new tool at their disposal. The publishers of ‘National Fisherman’ magazine donated the magazine’s entire predigital photographic archive to the Penobscot Marine Museum here.”
TechCrunch: Imgur’s favorite folders turn 250M meme lords into curators. “Either you’re one of 250 million monthly Imgurians, or you probably have no idea what Imgur is. The site for posting and upvoting jokes, inspiration, trivia and sob stories has long flown under the radar despite its massive size and $40 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz. But those who are part of the addictive image-sharing community know there’s been one feature at the top of the request lists forever: favorite folders.”
University of Cincinnati Magazine: Diving deep for data. “Paleobiologist David Meyer took his first underwater photograph in 1967, the year he got into diving…. Fifty years later, Meyer has accumulated a library of images documenting marine species around the world to understand the ancient ones from the Ordovician Period 450 million years ago that he studied as a geologist in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences. Now Meyer is sharing his life’s work with the public in UC’s digital repository for scholarly works, Scholar@UC. He is converting his old photographic slides to digital images for UC’s new Global Marine Biodiversity Archive.” There isn’t a lot in the archive yet, but enough that I’m looking forward to seeing what gets added.
TIME: Twitter Is Full of Fake History Photos. Here’s How to Outsmart Them. “The Twitter war between historians and history-photo accounts has been going on for years — but now, as it becomes clearer than ever that inaccurate information floating around on Twitter can affect the course of world events, the battle has taken on new importance.”
Library and Archives Canada Blog: Victoria Cross Recipients: First World War now on Flickr. “The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest military decoration in the Commonwealth and takes precedence over all other medals, decorations and orders. A recognition of valour in the face of the enemy, the VC can be awarded to a person of any rank of military service and to civilians under military command. So far, 98 Canadians have been awarded the Victoria Cross, beginning with Alexander Roberts Dunn who in 1854 fought in the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War. The Victoria Crosses were awarded to 71 Canadian soldiers during the First World War, and 16 were awarded during the Second World War.”