The Irish Times: Snapshot of Ireland a century ago: an online photographic archive. “A series of digitally restored black-and-white photographs dating as far back as the Land War of the late 1800s has been released online by the Ancestry family-history website. The historical prints and photographs, which include more than 120 images taken in Ireland, offer an insight into daily life in Irish cities, towns, villages and countryside between the late 1800s and the 1950s.”
Asahi Shimbun: Splash of color gives new life to old photos in prewar Okinawa. “All black and white photos from The Asahi Shimbun archives of daily scenes in Okinawa Prefecture in 1935 are now being colorized in a joint project with The Okinawa Times and a research team at the Tokyo Metropolitan University.” The photos in the article are so wonderful I can’t wait to see how the entire project turns out.
Business Insider: How the photographers behind the Women’s March are capturing and archiving history. “‘To learn from history, you must learn from the photos,’ said Sarah Matheson, a documentary photographer and volunteer digital asset management strategist for Women’s March Chicago. Today, the organization is determined to raise voices for marginalized women across the city. It’s Matheson’s job to not only photograph and document every moment, but also to make sure photos and videos are stored properly and safely so that history is preserved.”
Fortune: Google Just Indexed Millions of ‘Life Magazine’ Photos Using Artificial Intelligence. “Google has used its artificial intelligence to automatically index millions of photographs from the defunct Life Magazine. The search giant, which debuted a website for the photo project on Wednesday, said it was able to categorize over 4 million iconic Life Magazine photographs without human help. After clicking on a particular label like ‘skateboarding,’ for example, users are shown photos of people performing skateboard tricks along with Wikipedia’s definition of the sport.” The article does note that there are some drawbacks to the work, such as a “war” label but no “Vietnam War” label.
Pratt Institute: School Of Information Students To Partner With New York Times For Digital Archive Project. “For Spring 2018, students from the School of Information are teaming up with the New York Times for a Pratt photography digitization and curation course titled Projects in Digital Archives, taught by School of Information Interim Dean Anthony Cocciolo. Students will digitize the analog photographs taken by George Tames, the ‘Photographer of Presidents,’ working with original camera negatives from the 1940s and 1950s, including images of President Harry S. Truman and his White House.”
Newark Advertiser (UK): More help needed to preserve our pictures from the past. “Thousands of images from the Advertiser’s photographic archive are now online thanks to a long-term project to safeguard them for future generations. They are working their way through thousands of old photographic negatives, some dating back to the 1940s. Because of their age, some of the negatives are becoming damaged or corroded so it is vital that they are digitalised.”
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.”