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My Favorite Web Sites - Winchester Star - 5/23/01
 by Martin Zombeck

This is a bi-weekly column providing an annotated list of Web sites that may be of interest to the community. Each column will list sites that belong to a particular category: search engines, art, online newspapers and magazines, health and medicine, history, business and economics, etc. or sites relevant to a particular season, for example, skiing or gardening. Most sites will be non-commercial. To make it easier to access the sites, each bi-weekly column will be posted on the Town of Winchester's Web site so that the sites can be accessed and bookmarked without having to be typed. Previous columns will be archived at the Winchester site, also.

It's impossible to be less than enthusiastic about using the Web for exploring photographic topics. Again, as with previous columns, I have had to restrict myself to listing about a dozen sites out of the hundreds of high quality sites. The sites below cover the following topics - the history of photography, photographic techniques, digital cameras and digital imaging techniques, museums, galleries, online photographic collections, historic photographs, and individual photographers. As you will see, the Web is ideal for displaying photographs, especially in color. The images appear on the monitor as if backlit and are often more striking than when presented on paper.

George Eastman House
The International Museum of Photography and Film. "The Museum displays the art, technology, and impact of photography and motion pictures over 150 years, and interprets the life of Mr. Eastman, an influential industrialist and philanthropist." The site has a growing digital image sampler (over 15,000 images) of the vast photography holdings of the George Eastman House.

The National Geographic Society Photography Site

The Web's largest collection of images for professional and personal use.

A History of Photography
A British site about the history of photography from its beginnings till the 1920s. "In addition to pen-portraits of many of the most important photographers of the period, it contains information on some of the most significant processes used during the early days of photography." Learn about the bromoil print process (also known as "muck spreading" by its detractors) and other historic photographic processes.

Eadweard Muybridge
On June 15, 1878, Eadweard Muybridge photographed the first successful serial images of fast motion - a trotting horse. This site contains about 100 examples of his serial motion images, not as stills but as flip-book motion pictures. It is hosted by UCR / California Museum of Photography ( which displays online many of the photographs of its current and past photographic exhibits.

The Photograph Collection
The online collection of the Denver Public Library contains some 80,000 images and catalog records of Native Americans, pioneers, early railroads, mining, Denver and Colorado towns. The collection includes Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and the Clarence Moreledge photographs at Wounded Knee.

Digital Library Collection
The digital library collection of the New York Public Library.

American Memory
Historical collections for the National Digital Library. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections. A truly amazing collection. You'll never leave this site!

Selected Civil War Photographs Collection
From the Library of Congess' American Memory, the collection contains 1,118 photographs. "Most of the images were made under the supervision of Mathew B. Brady, and include scenes of military personnel, preparations for battle, and battle after-effects. The collection also includes portraits of both Confederate and Union officers, and a selection of enlisted men."

Civil War Photography Center
Photography in the United States was 21 years old when the Civil War started. Three basic forms of photography existed during the war - individual one-of-a kind portraits of soldiers, carte de visite or portraits of officers capable of multiple copies, and photographs taken in the field by well-known photographers such as Mathew Brady which were mainly stereo views. Many examples of these photographs are shown at this site.

The Empire that was Russia
The Prokudin-Gorsky photographic record recreated. "The photographs of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) offer a vivid portrait of a lost world--the Russian Empire on the eve of World War I and the coming revolution. His subjects ranged from the medieval churches and monasteries of old Russia, to the railroads and factories of an emerging industrial power, to the daily life and work of Russia's diverse population."

Digital Photography Review
Provides reviews and specifications of the latest digital cameras from all the major manufacturers, a digital camera buyer's guide, a glossary of digital imaging terms, side-by-side comparisons of digital cameras, sample images, and more.

Popular Photography
Popular Photography magazine online.

A photography portal to the Web. Links to hundreds of sites organized by category.

Images of History on the Web
Article on historical photographs and links.

A selection of UNESCO's collection of photographs and slides made available online to professionals and the public at large.

And in our own backyard:

The Arthur Griffin Center for Photographic Art
The Center houses the legacy of Arthur Griffin, world-renowned photojournalist, as well as offering solo and group exhibitions featuring various photographic artists and subjects. Several of Arthur's photographs are online and there is an online collection of historical photographs of Winchester by unknown amateur photographers.

Maria Lane, Director of Winchester's Arthur Griffin Center of Photographic Art, is acknowledged for her assistance in the preparation of this column.

The next column will feature travel sites. Previous columns with live links can be found at

When he is not updating the Town of Winchester Web site (, Martin Zombeck can be found at either the Packer tennis courts or at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where he is a physicist.