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Artstor Digital Library: Photography

A quick start guide to Artstor's key features

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Browse by classification for photographs and then select a country name to view images to view works by photographers from specific countries. Note that filtering by country narrows results by the creator's country of origin.

Browse museums with encyclopedic collections (e.g. The Metropolitan Museum of Art or The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation) by classification for Photography.

Keyword search for processes (wet plate collodionsalt paper print) or viewing techniques (camera obscura, magic lantern).

This page highlights Artstor content related to the history of photography, including works by significant photographers chronicling people, events, and places of our time, as well as images documenting the development of landmark processes and technologies, from early daguerreotypes to contemporary prints.

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Curated Image Groups

Artstor's Education and Content teams curate groups of images in a number of disciplines. The below image groups are available for photography:

You can save these groups as your own and modify them by opening a group, logging in to your registered Artstor account, selecting "Organize" from the top menu, and then "Save image group as..." To add or remove images, open your copy of the group and begin editing.

Did you know?

The Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University has shared more than 36,000 photographs related to the history of women in the United States. These images represent the work of both professional and amateur artistic and documentary photographers, including many women photographers. Of particular note are the photographs of Jessie Tarbox Beals (1870–1942), which include documentation of the Saint Louis World’s Fair in 1904, city scenes in New York, houses and landscapes in California, and portraits of artists, writers, and actors. Similarly, the Library of Congress has shared more than 20,000 images, the bulk of which are made up of materials relating to the photographer Arnold Genthe (1869–1942), whose studio archive was purchased by the library in 1943. Genthe also specialized in portraits, including society women, performing artists, politicians, and other notable personalities.