WABC-TV: How a research scientist became Insta-famous New York City photographer. “Noel Y. Calingasan, Neuroscience researcher, came to New York City from the Philippines in 2001. He got himself a camera to start documenting his experiences in New York City so he could share his photographs with family and friends back home. When he started uploading his photos to a photography blog, a friend suggested he create an Instagram account to share his photos with New Yorkers and other photographers, and his following took off!” The photography in the article is terrific. Even if you don’t want to follow his Instagram just peek at the pix in the article.
SmugMug acquires Flickr . “Two photo-sharing services are teaming up, as SmugMug buys Flickr from Verizon’s digital media subsidiary Oath. USA Today broke the news and interviewed SmugMug CEO Don MacAskill, who said he hopes to revitalize Flickr .” Good. Flickr has been dying of neglect for a while now. I don’t know what’s going to happen to Flickr Commons, but I’ve e-mailed someone at SmugMug and will let y’all know if I hear anything back.
Historic Environment Scotland: Newly digitised images tell story of rural Scotland in 1970s. “Two extensive surveys of rural Scotland undertaken during the 1970s are now more accessible to the public after a project by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) to digitise their archives. The Scottish Countryside Commission and the C-listed buildings surveys give an insight into life in Scotland during the 1970s and early 1980s. The surveyors were originally sent out to record architecture, however, the backdrop to their work is life in rural Scotland.”
The Cut: One Woman Studied a Million Photos at the Library of Congress . “Renowned museum curator Anne Wilkes Tucker is an inspiration for anyone who dreads a full inbox: She went through one million photographs* housed in the Library of Congress in just a few years, and now she’s selected 440 of them for a sweeping new exhibition in Los Angeles. The show features rarely seen images of iconic moments in American history. ‘I depended on the library staff to bring me boxes,’ she explained in an interview. One morning they brought the NAACP photo archive, and the next: a box filled with Charlie Chaplin.”
North Country Public Radio: North Country at Work launches photo and story archive. “Have you ever seen a picture of a 600-pound sturgeon? How about an 1890s butter plant, or a mail boat making the rounds on Cranberry Lake? Those are the sorts of things you’ll find in our freshly launched North Country at Work website, a place built to explore the photos and stories we’ve been collecting from around the region for the last few years.” North Country in this case appears to be way way way upstate New York, not far from the Canadian border.
How-To Geek: The Best Ways to Automatically Back Up the Photos on Your Smartphone. “The best camera is the one you have with you, and most of the time that’s going to be your smartphone. You probably capture lots of important moments with your phone, so you also need to make sure you’re keeping those moments backed up.” Multiple comments on the article point out the non-inclusion of OneDrive.
Cointelegraph: ‘China’s Google’ Baidu Launches Blockchain-Based Image Rights Protection Platform. “Chinese internet search giant Baidu has launched a digital image property rights management platform based on Blockchain, the company announced Wednesday, April 11. The service, called Totem, timestamps each submitted original image with a real-time identity and other user data, storing it on a traceable and immutable Blockchain.”