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Fri, 22 Mar 2019 15:49:17 +0000
Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos
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Fri, 15 Mar 2019 18:25:33 +0000
The Looks of Listening
The following is a guest post by Hanna Soltys, Reference Librarian, Prints & Photographs Division. It’s been quite the musical month at the Library: just this past week, the newest additions to the National Recording Registry were announced. This made me think of music’s role in my day-to-day life. Sing-alongs with 2013’s Gershwin Prize honoree […] [ + ]
Fri, 08 Mar 2019 19:53:15 +0000
Timothy O’Sullivan and the Shoshone Falls
Details about the life of Irish American photographer Timothy O’Sullivan are sparse. He was either born in New York or emigrated with his parents at the age of 2 from Ireland in 1842. He died at the age of 42 from tuberculosis. He left few documents in his own hand, but the photographs he took […] [ + ]
Wed, 27 Feb 2019 14:03:57 +0000
Snowy Labor: Clearing the Roads in the Nation’s Capital
As we approach the end of the winter season here in Washington, D.C. — and the threat of snow that comes with it — we thought it would be fitting to recognize the efforts of those who have helped keep our local roads safe during and after storms. Consider the crews shown in the two […] [ + ]
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 18:49:00 +0000
Researcher Stories: Mining a Royal Collection
The following is an interview with researcher Kate Heard, Senior Curator of Prints at Royal Collection Trust. Melissa: Thank you for participating in this interview. We always enjoy having you in the Prints & Photographs Reading Room, and we’re delighted to have this opportunity. Could you start by describing where you work? Kate: I’m Senior […] [ + ]
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 20:30:16 +0000
Caught Our Eyes: A Thought-Provoking Farm Security Administration Negative
Digital Conversion Technician Brittany Long added this image to our “Caught Our Eyes” sharing wall a few months ago, with a two-word comment: “Representation Matters.” Brittany encountered the image while working on a team that is going negative by negative through a segment of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information (FSA/OWI) Collection to make […] [ + ]
Thu, 07 Feb 2019 16:22:41 +0000
Susan B. Anthony: Birthday Toast and Cartoon Roast?
No one relishes being made fun of, especially when celebrating a birthday. But Susan B. Anthony, who was born February 15, 1820, will perhaps not turn over in her grave if we acknowledge just how prominently she appeared in cartoons during the years she actively campaigned for and wrote about the history of women’s suffrage. […] [ + ]
Thu, 31 Jan 2019 17:09:05 +0000
New Library of Congress Exhibition: “Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times”
The following is a guest post by exhibition co-curators Katherine Blood, Curator of Fine Prints, and Martha H. Kennedy, Curator of Popular & Applied Graphic Art, Prints & Photographs Division. A new Library of Congress exhibition, “Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times,” features selections from the Library’s signature collection of […] [ + ]
Thu, 24 Jan 2019 18:08:56 +0000
Focusing on Lewis Hine’s Photographic Technique
The following is a guest post by Ryan Brubacher, Reference Librarian, Prints & Photographs Division Lewis Hine, at a certain point in his career, began to refer to himself as an “interpretive photographer” and not a social photographer as he’d been previously termed. While we might imagine him an investigative photo-journalist by today’s standards, his […] [ + ]
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:48:47 +0000
Behind the Scenes: The Many Roles of a Photo Curator
Below is an interview with Micah Messenheimer, Associate Curator of Photography in the Prints & Photographs Division at the Library of Congress. Melissa: Thanks for speaking with us. Can you start out by telling us about your background prior to working here at the Library? Micah: Yes. I actually started out as a photographer, and […] [ + ]

Celebrating Eleven Years in the Flickr Commons
Eleven years ago today we posted our first sets of photos in the Flickr Commons, which was created to share treasures from the world’s public archives. Thousands of pictures, views, and comments later, we’re celebrating with a new album of pictures with an “eleven-ish” connection and an invitation to participate in a tagging activity in […] [ + ]
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