Armenpress: ARMENPRESS: HISTORY website launched, unique online archive offers exclusive historic photos. I had mentioned this in May but now it’s finally launched. There are currently 2500 photos online, 6500 have been digitized, and if I remember correctly the plan was to put at least 10000 photos online, so it’s still a work in progress.
Phys.org: Colorizing images with deep neural networks . “For decades, image colorization has enjoyed an enduring interest from the public. Though not without its share of detractors, there is something powerful about this simple act of adding color to black and white imagery, whether it be a way of bridging memories between the generations, or expressing artistic creativity. However, the process of manually adding color can be very time consuming and require expertise, with typical professional processes taking hours or days per image to perfect. A team of researchers has proposed a new technique to leverage deep networks and AI, which allows novices, even those with limited artistic ability, to quickly produce reasonable results.”
New-to-Me: Beijing Silvermine. “Beijing Silvermine is an archive of half a million negatives salvaged over the last seven years from a recycling plant on the edge of Beijing. Assembled by the French collector and artist Thomas Sauvin, Beijing Silvermine offers a unique photographic portrait of the Chinese capital and the life of its inhabitants in the decade following the Cultural Revolution.”
New York Public Library: Surveyor Geotagging Tool Puts NYPL Photos on the Map. “Today, we’re proud to release Surveyor, our new website for crowdsourced geotagging of NYPL’s photo collections. With Surveyor, we invite everyone who is interested in the history of New York City to try and determine the locations depicted in these mostly unlabelled photos. With your help, we will create a database containing the geographic locations of our photos, and this data will be available for everyone to use and download. We’ll start small, with around 2,500 photos from five collections, but we will add more of the Library’s photo collections later (you can find a list of these collections on Surveyor’s About page).”
The Next Web: Google taught an AI to edit photos like a pro and the results are glorious. “Landscape photography is hard, no matter how beautiful an environment you’re shooting in. You need to be well-versed in composition, deal with weather conditions, know how to adjust your camera settings for the best possible shot, and then edit it to come up with a pleasing picture. Google might be close to solving the last part of that puzzle: a couple of its Machine Perception researchers have trained a deep-learning system to identify objectively fine landscape panorama photos from Google Street View, and then artistically crop and edit them like a human photographer would.”
City of Tampa, Florida: City of Tampa to Release Two Newly Digitized Historic Photo Collections. “The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Collection was donated to the City of Tampa in 1994 by Tampa Historical Society. It contains more than 30,000 images of events in Tampa from about 1950 until 1990. Many local elected officials and other dignitaries are featured in this collection. The Tampa Photo Supply Collection includes more than 50,000 images taken by local photographers Rose Rutigliano Weekley and Joseph Scolaro from 1940 until 1990. The collection primarily focuses on West Tampa, Ybor City, and South Tampa.” This is a work in progress and the collections are still being added to.
KnowTechie: How to deblur photos online with ease. “Photos, this very word contains an ocean of feelings, memories and valuable information. In this era when social media has become an integral part of one’s life, clicking photos wherever you go out, with whoever you meet has become a trend. But sometimes it may happen that you click photos, come home and then open the camera roll only to find some of them are indistinct and blur.” This is more an annotated list of available tools than a walkthrough.