Most of us know Unsplash as a home of free stock photos (and an endless source of discussion about whether or not we should share our images for free). But today, there’s a good news story coming from the company. Thanks to its latest partnership, Unsplash is now offering a selection of historical photos free for everyone to download and use.
If you enjoy historic photos and need them for any purpose, here’s a real gem. Paris Musées has just launched an online collection with more than 100,000 digital reproductions of classic artwork. Among them, there are 62,500 photos, all of them scanned in high-resolution and publicly accessible under a CC0 license.
Like many people, I haven’t always been the biggest fan of Ken Rockwell over the years. But it’s Christmas Eve, and I’m in a relatively festive mood, so here we go. Ken has put out a video on the history of Nikon lenses that’s actually got some quite interesting information about it. It starts way back at Nikon’s beginnings 100 years and goes right up to the modern Z mount lenses.
When you were a kid, could you ever have imagined all the camera technology we have today? Azriel Knight stumbled upon an interesting article from 1970. Six photo industry leaders from the 1960s predicted the future of photography and what the 1970s would bring. Did they make correct assumptions? Let’s find out.
Like any other field of art or technology, photography has been changing and evolving over the years. But there were some moments that significantly changed the course of photography history. In this video, Tony & Chelsea Northrup bring you ten of these important moments and discuss how they affected photography.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the U.S. had a major child labor problem. The children were working in mills, fields, mines and factories, and the statistic says that one in five children under 16 were working at this time. But one photographer’s work helped to put this to an end. In this video from Vox, you’ll hear the story of Lewis Wickes Hine. His powerful images of child workers from the early 20th century contributed to the end of child labor in the United States.
In the 21st century, millions of people got to see, photograph and film a total solar eclipse. With technology so advanced and widely available, in recent years we got to see photos and footage shot from an airplane, a stratospheric balloon and even from space. But what was it like to shoot this phenomenon almost 120 years ago? Thanks to a recently recovered video, you can see the first ever footage of a total solar eclipse, filmed way back in 1900.
Whether you’re learning about history or looking for inspiration, historic images are always interesting to browse through. The Arab Image Foundation is digitizing its collection. Out of half a million images, now you can access and download 22,000 of them from an online gallery – and there are more to come.
1,270 of 41,000 glass negatives created by Hitler’s personal photographer and “key propagandist”, Heinrich Hoffman have been scanned into the US National Archives. Many of these negatives were broken and had to be reassembled in a process taking around 9 months to complete, overseen by Richard E. Schneider.