photography

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Fàbrica Gròber: the rise and fall of an industrial landmark in Girona

Fàbrica Gròber, a textile factory specialised in trimmings, buttons and haberdashery, is a landmark of Girona history, even today 40 years after it closed. This blog looks at the rich history of the factory which offered jobs and economic prosperity and modernised culture and society in its region.

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Children in the machine: Lewis Hine’s photography and child labour reform

Pioneering photographer Lewis Hine‘s images of industry and labour led to reform and changing laws.

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Optical innovation: how the Petzval lens revolutionised portrait photography

Mathematician, engineer and inventor Joseph Maximilian Petzval is best known for his contribution to modern photography.

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From earth goddess festival to family feast: the roots and guises of ‘Mother’s Day’

Throughout the world, the love, patience, dedication and commitment of mothers are honoured yearly on ‘Mother’s Day’. Many countries and cultures celebrate their mothers in the month of May, and treat the ‘leading lady’ of the family to a day of pampering, presents, festive food and extra doses of hugs. But did you know that […]

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Pride in Europeana: Victorian Dragqueens

On the Anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the highlight of LGBT+ pride month 2018, we dive into Wellcome Collection’s rich stores of queer heritage and take a look at an album of Victorian-era photographs from the James Gardiner Collection.

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Revisiting photographic history: new perspectives on John Burke

Group portrait of Afghan men and boys. John Burke. Rijksmuseum, public domain The past few years have witnessed a renewed interest in vintage and vernacular photography and photographic archives in general. This increase in attention is clearly reflected within the arts. More and more photographers/artists blend their own creations with existing photographs or use vintage […]

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Pictures in Focus: Migrants, then and now

Today, Manuele Buono, of AEDEKA srl in Italy, talks about a photograph taken on board a ship arriving at Ellis Island in the early 20th century. I love this photo. It’s a striking reminder of the fact that once millions of Europeans just like me (yet not only Italians, but also Hungarians, Poles, Germans, Slavs, […]

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Pictures in Focus: Street view in Amsterdam by George Hendrik Breitner

Today, Pierre-Edouard Barrault, Data Ingestion Specialist at Europeana and keen photography enthusiast, talks about a striking photo taken in Amsterdam at the beginning of 20th century by the Dutch painter and photographer, George Hendrik Breitner. Street photography could well be the oldest form of photography, as the medium was initially invented to capture and study life […]

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Art Up Your Tab now available for Firefox

In April, we announced that Art Up Your Tab was available as an extension for the Chrome internet browser. Now, we’re pleased to say it’s also available for Firefox users. The plug-in displays a full-screen painting or photograph from a frequently refreshed pool of carefully selected images from Europeana for each newly opened tab or window. The […]

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Pictures in Focus: Lover’s Lane by John Topham

John Topham was a British documentary photographer who captured a changing Britain. Today, PHOTOCONSORTIUM’s Fred Truyen introduces us to Topham’s Lover’s Lane, 1938, as his Picture of the Month. Today, John Topham’s collections are managed by the British picture library TopFoto. My friend John Balean, who works there, did some research and found a print of this image with a […]

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Reflections on Europeana Photography

Europeana Photography, our latest thematic collection, features over 2 million images from the first 100 years of photography. The collection is curated by Photoconsortium and today Fred Truyen, Antonella Fresa and Sofie Taes share their personal reflections on photography and their hopes for the collection. From its beginning, photography has pushed boundaries. Technical and technological boundaries, […]

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Explore a wealth of vintage photographs with Europeana Photography

Today, we’re proud to launch Europeana Photography, our latest thematic collection. Photography lovers and researchers can explore more than 2 million historical photographs, contributed by over 50 European institutions in 34 countries. Europeana Photography presents images from the first 100 years of photography, sourced from photographic archives, agencies and museum collections across Europe. The collection includes […]

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Galleries – a new way to explore Europeana Collections

With more than 54 millions objects to find in Europeana Collections, there’s a lot to explore. We regularly feature the stories of these objects – whether paintings, photographs, text, music or video – here on our blog and in our exhibitions. Today, we’re launching a new way to explore on Europeana Collections: galleries. Galleries present […]

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Art Up Your Tab: heritage in your browser

Art Up Your Tab with curated artworks from the inspiring collection of Europeana! Most people will see just a blank screen when they open a new tab or window in their browser. This could be much more interesting! That’s why Kennisland, Studio Parkers and Sara Kolster have developed a plug-in for the Chrome browser that shows you enticing, […]

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Maggy’s picks: Toulouse-Lautrec and Swedish Air Force

It’s time again to share our latest additions! Every day we are adding more objects from museums, libraries, galleries and archives across Europe. So far, in Europeana, you can find over 53 million of artworks, artefacts, books, videos and sounds. In this blog series, we hand pick some interesting collections which definitely deserve your attention. […]

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8 moments from Olympic Games history

The 2016 Olympic Games came to a close last night in Rio de Janeiro with an energetic closing ceremony. 2016’s Games saw history being made – first gold medals for nations such as Puerto Rico, Singapore and Bahrain, new World and Olympic records set  as well as many personal achievements for the athletes. Our collections […]

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