CNET: Google AI helps NYT get a handle on 5 million photo archive. “Google’s computer brains are helping The New York Times turn a historic archive of more than 5 million photos into digital data that’ll appear in the newspaper’s features about history. The newspaper’s ‘morgue’ has 5 million to 7 million photos dating back to the 1870s, including prints and contact sheets showing all the shots on photographers’ rolls of film. The Times is using Google’s technology to convert it into something more useful than its current analog state occupying banks of filing cabinets.”
Firstpost: Photojournalist TS Satyan’s work gets new lease of life with Bengaluru MAP’s digital archive. “The image as a medium of disseminating or recording information has only gone from strength to strength ever since the camera was invented. The role of the photographer, the once ordained writer of history, though has diminished with time to the point that it now faces a crisis of identity. With a camera in everyone’s hands, who really is a photographer and who isn’t? Though time and technology may have blurred the boundaries of functionality here, back when the photographer was a distinct amalgam of curiousness and glassy tools, his or her eye represented a vision. Aptly then, a collection of photographs captured by one of India’s first photojournalists, TS Satyan, has been brought online by the Bengaluru-based Museum of Art and Photography (MAP), giving Satyan’s work a new lease of life.” I could not find an URL in the article, but you can see at least some of the photos at http://map-india.org/special-collection/the-t-s-satyan-collection/ . These are really arresting. What a beautiful use of light.
Reuters: Getty family to regain control of photo agency. “The Getty family said on Tuesday it would acquire Carlyle Group LP’s (CG.O) majority stake in Getty Images Inc, ending ten years of private equity control that contributed to the U.S. photo agency’s debt pile swelling.”
VPR: As News Outlets Drop Photographers, Who Will Document Vermont’s Visual Story?. “Layoffs are not uncommon in the newspaper industry these days, but the recent layoff of a local veteran newspaper photographer seems to indicate another shift in 21st-century journalism — and one that is being felt in Vermont. It was announced last week that Glenn Russell, a veteran staff photographer for the Burlington Free Press, was being laid off. Russell’s work had been appearing in the paper since 1986. As Seven Days noted in their coverage of Russell’s layoff, there were at least five photographers on staff at the Free Press in the 1980s, whereas now just one remains at the paper.”
Ransom Center Magazine: Remembering photojournalist David Douglas Duncan, 1916–2018. “The internationally-renowned American photojournalist David Douglas Duncan has died at age 102 in France. As Harry Ransom Center Curator of photography Jessica S. McDonald wrote in a recent tribute, ‘For decades, Americans at home and abroad learned of world events as they unfolded before Duncan’s camera, first during his service as a combat photographer with the United States Marine Corps during World War II, and then through his coverage of the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and conflicts in the Middle East for Life magazine. Delivered to millions of households each week through the illustrated press, Duncan’s photographs have played a profound role in informing the public and shaping history.'” This article links to a gallery of over 600+ of Mr. Duncan’s pictures.
ClassicCars Journal: Petersen Museum to use SEMA grant to digitize photo archive. “In 1947, Robert E. Petersen founded Petersen Publishing. More than 70 years later, the company’s archives will be digitized and uploaded to the internet by an automotive museum he founded. The huge project will be funded by a grant from the Specialty Equipment Market Association.”
Resource Magazine: Natives Photograph Wants To Help You Tell Authentic Indigenous Stories . “Today marks the first day in business for Natives Photograph, a database of Indigenous visual journalists. Founded by Josué Rivas, an indigenous photographer himself, and Daniella Zalcman, the founder of Women Photograph, the sites hopes to elevate the work of Indigenous photographers in an effort to ‘balance the way we tell stories about Indigenous people and spaces.'”