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.”
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.”
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.”
Gizmodo: Instagram Stories Now Lets You Post Old Photos Without a Workaround. “I have an evening routine where I lay in my bed, tapping from Instagram story to Instagram story, mindlessly consuming what feels like a mundane montage of all of my friends’ days. That’s because, up until today, users were limited to posting photos and videos from within the last 24 hours. But now, Instagram has updated the feature to let you go wild from your camera roll. No more limitations, no more tediously bypassing the rules by screenshotting an image or editing its metadata. Time is meaningless, baby.”
PetaPixel: This Website Tracks the Market Value of Used Camera Gear. “Want to quickly find out the current market value of a used camera or lens? Bokeh Market is a new website that can tell you the real-time value of used equipment. It’s like the Kelley Blue Book of camera gear.” The comments did note that there was a lot of data missing and the site is still adding information. You might need to wait a little for this one to fill out.