With a history dating back to 1851 and over 125 Pulitzer Prizes under its belt, the New York Times has amassed a mountain of photos. Between five and seven million of them. They’re all stored in the “morgue” under their Times Square office. Packed into countless drawers and cupboards, they’re now working with Google to digitise the entire collection.
If you work as a photojournalist, this may come as encouraging news. According to a source close to the New York Times, the paper will be paying their photographers a day rate that’s more than double from the one they’re currently paying.
We’ve seen the increasing importance of images in the New York Times over the years. And if the rumors are true, it seems that the paper’s photojournalists will be rewarded for the impact they make and the job they do.
We’ve seen that captivating timelapse videos can be created without leaving your home. The one we’re presenting today is created entirely of front pages of The New York Times. Data artist Josh Begley created this timelapse that follows front pages of every NYT issue since 1852. It’s captivating and interesting, collecting 165 years in less than a minute. And it shows how the front page has changed, embracing photography as an important part of its content.
For most sane and rational people, being invited to climb the spire at the top of One World Trade Center to photograph the view would probably result in a flat out “no”. For others, it’s definitely a “yes“, “sure“, or “absolutely!“, even when not entirely legal.
Back about two hundred years ago, the development of chemical photography brought forth the first camera. For the next one-hundred and fifty years, most photographers didn’t have an easy time at all with preserving the shots they took. Today, so little is left preserved from that time. Most photographs from the past are in a state of preservation today.
By announcing that their entire photography collection is now digitized and online for any person in the world to view, the board of the American Museum of Natural History are ensuring now that those preservations are never forgotten.