Finding Fun Photos (and More) in Flickr

The following is a guest post by Jan Grenci, Reference Specialist, Prints & Photographs Division. The Prints & Photographs Division uses Flickr to share interesting images with the world. Some of our Flickr albums aim to bring together images on a particular theme, from a variety of collections and time periods. Others ask for your help in identifying images with little or no caption information. Please allow me to direct your attention to three recently published albums. Dog Stars  Though I am more of a cat person, I am fond of dogs and can appreciate the plentiful dog images found in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC). One of my favorites of the dog photos shows two of Herbert…

New Research Guide: Latin America and the Caribbean in Photographs

A recently published research guide on Latin America and the Caribbean in Photographs by Curator of Photography Adam Silvia offered me a chance to take a virtual tour of a wide variety of collections I had not yet explored in detail as well as pointed out some of the hidden treasures in familiar collections. Through these images, you will find revealed new views of the landscapes and people of this large region, many through the eyes of creators from those countries. An upcoming virtual orientation will reveal such treasures as the two undigitized albums featured below.  The one on the left is a delicately decorated album of photos taken by Guatemalan photographer Francisco Javier Rodas, depicting Guatemalans of Mayan descent.…

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, but You’ve Got to Have One or Two to Start With

The following is a guest post by Taren Ouellette, Digital Library Specialist, Prints & Photographs Division. With 175,000 black-and-white film negatives, the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information (FSA/OWI) Collection was a U.S. Government effort to capture scenes of American life during the 1930s and 1940s with such topics as the Great Depression, Dust Bowl, and the beginnings of World War II. Half of the collection had accompanying context and titles provided by the FSA/OWI office, but over 70,000 images were not given captions. The Prints & Photographs Division (P&P) has been working to make those “Untitled” images more accessible since the complete film collection was first digitized in the 1990s. You may have noticed some of these untitled images…