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.”
International Falls Journal: Newly digitized photo albums celebrate MN history. “As Minnesotans gather together to celebrate the holidays, it’s often a time of reminiscing and remembering our shared memories. For the last few months, several Minnesota Historical Society staffers have focused on digitizing MNHS’s collection of photo albums, including a significant number featuring families and friends across various eras. Through these efforts, 111 photo albums are now available to explore on the MNHS website. Previously, these artifacts could only be viewed in person at the Gale Family Library in St. Paul.”
Journalism .co .uk: LA Times posts historic images on a new Instagram account to engage younger news audience. “The US publisher is the largest and one of the oldest local newspapers in the country. To attract the audiences of tomorrow, it set up a new @latimesarchives Instagram account in October 2019, which posts archived black-and-white photos through the ages of the organisation.”
Google Blog: Now it’s easier to share everyday moments in Google Photos. “You’ve always been able to share individual photos through the app by creating an album for a single photo and sharing the link. But we’ve heard from some of you that this could be a simpler experience, so now when you share one-off photos and videos, you’ll have the option to add them to an ongoing, private conversation in the app. This gives you one place to find the moments you’ve shared with your friends and family and keep the conversation going.”
BetaNews: Facebook launches data portability tool to allow users to transfer photos and videos to Google Photos. “Embracing the notion of data portability, Facebook has launched a new tool that lets users transfer their photos and videos from Facebook to other online services.” Facebook is currently testing the tool in Ireland, with expectations to roll it out more widely in the first half of 2020. If this announcement reminds you of Facebook’s long-promised “clear history” tool — which as far as I can tell is still not available in the US — let me point you to an article I wrote last year on getting your photos out of Facebook and into Google Photos. It’s not polished and slick, but you can do it immediately, unlike this tool’s release date of — whenever.
CNET: Macro photos on your phone: You don’t need a DSLR to take stunning close-up nature shots. “Macro photography can make even tiny subjects like garden insects or flower petals look huge on screen or print, and you’ll be amazed at how different such otherwise mundane things look when viewed so close. Best of all, you don’t need much equipment or have to leave your backyard to get started.”
Express & Star: Second World War photos to be preserved in Express & Star online archive. “Hundreds of historic photographs dating back to the Second World War will be the next to be preserved for future generations as part of the Express & Star photo archive project.” There is already a substantial amount of content in the archive, which is why it gets filed under New instead of Around.