It’s becoming more and more common for museums to digitize their collections. The latest one to join the trend is The Cleveland Museum of Art. After digitizing its collection, it made it publicly accessible online, with 30,000 images free for download and remix.
Unfortunately, we live in the world where scams take plenty of forms and target different kinds of people. Photographer Mathieu Stern has recently received an email which, according to him, turned out to be a scam targeting photographers. It comes from a vanity gallery in London, and it’s aimed at taking money from photographers who’d like to get their works exhibited.
The biggest aspect that many photographers struggle with is getting their work seen. Whether it’s on social media or by potential clients and customers. It’s just tough. There’s so much competition out there. In the real world, a great way to get your work seen and become known is to exhibit your work in a gallery. But this is also not always so easy.
It’s not impossible, though, and there are a number of things you can do to help yourself. This video from photographer Jordan Matter goes through some of them, and provides 10 great tips to help you get your work in a gallery.
If you’re looking for inspiration, knowledge, or want to trace the history of photography, here’s something for you. Europeana Collections’ impressive digital gallery features 2.2 million images, covering the first 100 years of photography. Among the featured names, there are Man Ray, Julia Margaret Cameron, Eadweard Muybridge and Nicola Perscheid, to name a few. The photographs come from 34 countries, and many of them are free for the visitors to download and use.
I dropped into the British Museum on Monday and spent a few hours in the Mesopotamian galleries with a brief flit through the Greek and Roman rooms, too. I don’t often take photos in museums—that’s mostly the subject of another article—but there were plenty of people using their phones to take photos of the artefacts on display. Getting the best out of a museum with an iPhone might not be the easiest, but there certainly are some techniques that any photographer can apply in order to improve their exhibition photography.
If scrolling through a plain old Instagram feed isn’t exciting enough for you, a new free online app called Instamuseum lets you turn it into a virtual museum.
To create your gallery, you’ll need an account on Sketchfab, but that is also free. To let people view them, you need simply to embed them into your website.