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All you need to know about every different photographic process before digital can now be found in this labor of love titled, The Atlas of Analytical Signatures of Photographic Processes. There is a reason they call it an Atlas…  Brought to you by the very smart folks at the Getty Conservation Institute.

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The Atlas of Photographic Processes

Yes you heard it right! The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is offering  Free Photography Courses through their MIT Open Courseware site.

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Thirty one full courses online right now. Here are some highlights:

MAS.531 Computational Camera and Photography | Media Arts and Sciences

21A.348 Photography and Truth | Anthropology

21W.749 Documentary Photography and Photojournalism: Still Images of a World in Motion | Writing and Humanistic Studies

11.309J Sensing Place: Photography as Inquiry | Urban Studies and Planning

MAS.961 Numeric Photography | Media Arts and Sciences

21W.749 Documentary Photography and Photo Journalism: Still Images of A World In Motion | Writing and Humanistic Studies

11.309J Sites in Sight: Photography as Inquiry | Urban Studies and Planning

21L.701 Literary Interpretation: Literature and Photography: The Image | Literature

21L.325 Small Wonders: Media, Modernity, and the Moment: Experiments in Time | Literature


MIT Free Photography Courses

Can an untrained person paint a Vermeer?

This is a wonderful and quirky film about a very smart inventor with a truly unique Johannes Vermeer obsession. Maybe one of the best documentaries concerning art and optics (and especially the way the lens and eventually photography has completely changed painting and drawing forever). David Hockney is consulted in this film because of his brilliant book Secret Knowledge which explores how optics changed painting forever (and thus dispelling most of the mythical “great painters” in art history).




Film Review: Tim’s Vermeer

ICP has teemed up with Phonar Nation and the MacArthur Foundation’s Cities of Learning to provide 5 free courses in photography for anyone in the world.  The crowd-sourced classes thus far are:

  1. Looking for Light
  2. Seeing the Unseen
  3. Telling someone’s story
  4. Making Sense
  5. Moving Beyond Pictures

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Youth all over the world are being invited to help build Phonar Nation, the biggest photography storytelling class in history as a part of this year’s nationwide Cities of Learning initiative, supported by the MacArthur Foundation and powered by the Digital Youth Network and Badge Alliance.

Designed by award-winning photographer, National Teaching Fellow, and open education pioneer Jonathan Worth, Phonar Nation builds on his #Phonar (Photography and Narrative) class that was described in the European Parliament as “breaking new ground for photographers” and by Wired as “shaking up photo education”.

The Phonar Nation class is built on a mobile device, to be taught from a mobile device to a mobile user. Students learn to speak clearly with images and engage a connected audience. They learn to leverage and to be empowered by the network rather than feeling anonymised by it. Phonar Nation is more than photography; it is visual literacy and digital fluency for a connected 21st century.

Phonar Nation is presented in association with the University of California Humanities Research Institute, Digital Media and Learning Research Hub, Connected Learning Alliance, and Digital Youth Network. Phonar Nation’s partners also include World Press Photo in Amsterdam, OgilvyOne in Hong Kong and the International Center of Photography in New York, where the class will launch with the Phonar Nation Book-in-a-Box. The box features a uniquely curated selection of photography books and handmade journals, which, like a message in a bottle, will travel amongst selected Cities of Learning libraries, schools and community centers reifying the online Phonar Nation network as it goes.

Running concurrently with the Phonar Nation class, is the “Front Page” competition for the best youth stories.

Phonar Nation Photography classes are open to all for free.



ICP and the Worlds Biggest Free Photography Class

Free and anonymous web site….  That tracks artists jobs and the money (or lack of) they make from them.

Making a living as an artist can be hard.

You never know how much to ask for. Discussions about money are taboo because we pretend that passion and creativity alone should pay the bills. Some of the best events have “no budget”, and sometimes only the worst events can make a career as an artist look painfully sustainable. Let’s help each other sort through some of the confusion, and develop an ongoing dialogue about how artists make money.

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How Much Do Artists Make?