Rabbit Hole: The Getty Museum Open Content Program

14/08/2013 § 2 Comments

Walker Evans
Second Avenue Lunch, 1933.
Walker Evans
South Street, 1932.

Walker Evans
Coney Island Boardwalk, 1929
Walker Evans
Girl in Fulton Street, 1929.
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Couple at Coney Island, 1928.

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A bench in the Bronx on Sunday, 1933.

I discovered an exciting bit of news today!  In an effort to encourage the free exchange of works of art, The Getty has placed online over 4,600 high resolution images of artwork in the museum’s collection as part of their Open Content Program.  As long as they are properly attributed (see below), the images are available for anyone to use, publish or modify for any purpose.   The collection currently contains a wide range of media, everything from paintings to manuscripts to sculpture, including these amazing pictures taken by Walker Evans in New York City during the 1920s and 1930s.

 Find more information about Open Content at The Getty here and here.

Search the Open Content images yourself here.

Last but not least, you can see an earlier post about Walker Evans here.

All images courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.

Strangers on a Train

11/03/2013 § 4 Comments

Walker Evans Walker Evans Walker Evans Walker Evans Walker Evans Walker Evans Walker Evans Walker Evans Walker Evans Walker Evans Walker Evans Walker EvansIf you assumed that furtively snapping photos of people on the subway was a relatively new social phenomenon, ushered in large part by fancy smartphones, American photographer Walker Evans would beg to differ (if he were still alive, that is).  Between the years of 1938 and 1941, Evans rode New York City subways with a camera hidden in his coat, in an effort to capture unguarded and unposed portraits of city commuters as they rode the train.  The portraits offer a remarkable glimpse into old New York, although I can’t help but notice that some things — like catching a quick snooze and/or ignoring musicians, for example — don’t really seem all that different from the subways of today.

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