photography

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Art Up Your Zoom: beautiful backgrounds for your conference calls

We’ve curated some great artworks to use as backgrounds in your Zoom conference calls.

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Photography pioneer: Anna Atkins’ algae cyanotypes

British botanist and photographer, Anna Atkins was a pioneer in photography: she produced the first ever photographically illustrated book and is widely recognised to the first ever female photographer.

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Migration through the eyes of the Israel Museum

With the mass movements of the Jewish diaspora to Israel from Europe and beyond, familes brought their stories, trinkets, customs and photographs. This blog presents a selection of photographs from The Israel Museum that points to the stories of migration from Europe and other places.

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True crime: policing and punishment in Belle Époque France

From crimes of passion and criminal gangs, explore these true crime stories about trials and criminals in early 20th century France

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Engineering photography: Eduards Kraucs and the construction of the Ķegums hydroelectric power plant in Latvia

The construction of the Ķegums Hydropower Plant was one of the greatest achievements of the Latvian state during the interwar period. This blog introduces the photography of Eduards Kraucs whose collection of photographs documenting the construction reflects a unique industrial heritage and Latvian engineering achievements.

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Dokumentārā mantojuma vērtība – Eduarda Krauca kolekcija par Ķeguma spēkstacijas celtniecību Latvijā 1936. – 1940. gadā

Latvijas valsts starpkaru periodā (1918–1940) viens no lielākajiem sasniegumiem tautsaimniecībā bija Ķeguma spēkstacijas celtniecība. 1939. gada 15. oktobrī iedarbinātā Ķeguma spēkstacija tolaik bija viena no modernākajām hidroelektrostacijām Eiropā. 1939. gada 22. decembrī nodibināja valsts uzņēmumu “Ķegums”, veicinot enerģētikas nozares attīstību un liekot pamatus vienotai valsts elektroapgādei.

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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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