A new Web site is working to aggregate information for freelancers impacted by COVID-19: COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources. From the front page “This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.”
TorrentFreak: Facebook Sued Over Failure to Respond to DMCA Takedown Notices. “Seattle-based photographer Christopher Boffoli is suing Facebook for copyright infringement. According to the complaint, the social media platform failed to remove a series of links to copyrighted photos. The takedown notices in question were sent around the same time a TorrentFreak-linked Boffoli-meme was taken down by Facebook.”
Library of Congress: Photography Archive of Shawn Walker and a Collection of Harlem Photography Workshop Acquired by Library of Congress. “The Shawn Walker archive contains nearly 100,000 photographs, negatives and transparencies depicting life in Harlem — a pivotal crossroad of African diaspora culture — between 1963 and the present. The Kamoinge collection — generously donated by Walker — consists of nearly 2,500 items, including prints by Kamoinge members such as Barboza, Draper, Smith and others.”
WBAL: Grandsons use social media to ID people, places in historic Baltimore photos. “I. Henry Phillips’ work inspired his son and grandson to become photographers. Now, they’re hoping to share that legacy with a new generation. When I. Henry Phillips died, he left as many as 50,000 photo negatives to his family. Years ago, his grandson, H. Webster Phillips, started scanning them and converting them to digital files…. H. Webster Phillips has about 10,000 of his grandfather’s images digitized, but he needs help to identify the people and places in them. So, the I. Henry Photo Project was born.”
University of California Riverside: Comprehensive digital photography collection and $500k endowment donated to UCR ARTS. “It may be hard to remember a time when images weren’t readily available on the internet. But back in the early 2000s, the online photography collection of photojournalist Jim Steinhart was one of the first and largest to make high resolution images available for licensing and download, offering visitors access to thousands of images amassed over his years traveling the world.”
Dance Magazine: You Can Now View More Than 10,000 Photos From Jack Mitchell’s Alvin Ailey Collection Online. “From 1961 to 1994, legendary photographer Jack Mitchell captured thousands of moments with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Now, this treasure trove of dance history is available to the public for viewing via the online archives of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.”
Berkeley Library News: Rock ‘n’ roll, clowns, and Roberta Flack: An inside look at a massive new collection of music photography at The Bancroft Library. “Looking through the photographs is like flipping through stacks of vinyl at Amoeba Music, a satisfying exercise in nostalgia. Scanning through the folders, you’ll see Judy Collins, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Neil Young, and so many in between… The photographs, 60,000 in all, make up the Howard Brainen photo archive. A recent gift to Bancroft, the archive is a time machine into a moment in music history, offering a glimpse into the local scene and the larger-than-life figures who came through the Bay Area.” It’s worth reading the article just to see the pictures included with it.