Photography freezes time to create art. Combining the use and manipulation of science and art, this contemporary
medium captures the human life and condition accurately and precisely. With just a click of the mouse, you can
bring the best of the art form from the world's greatest museums to your computer screen.
Art Institute of Chicago -- Chicago, IL
Though the collection didn't begin until 1949, Chicago's world-class art museum is home to photographic
works that span the history of the medium, starting from 1839 to the present. Georgia O'Keefe donated a
large portion of the Alfred Stieglitz Collection, and the collection grew with the addition of the Julien
Levy Collection, featuring more than 200 photos by Edward Weston, Paul Strand, Eugene Atget and Andre Kertesz. On the site, you can search by artist, culture or keyword for a specific photograph, or browse categories like cityscape, documentary, portait and more. Create your own exhibition by adding your favorite photographs to your collection. Make sure to also check out the Insitute's collection of photography books for sale in the bookstore.
The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art -- New York, NY
A thorough and in-depth survey of mainly European and American photography including more than 20,000
photographs. The collection reflects the medium's breadth of form and function, featuring early experimental
work of the 1830s, daguerreotypes, gelatin silver prints and various types of color photography. Read all about the museum's history and acquisitions here. View the collection database, the highlights from the permanent collection, or photographs from the Walker Evans Archive. Explore upcoming, current and past photography exhibitions. Sign up for My Met Gallery and gather your favorite works of art in one space, and stop by the bookstore to see photography-related items on sale.
George Eastman House -- Rochester, NY
The father of Kodak welcomes you to his world. Opened to the public in 1949, the House is the world's oldest photography museum. With its own "Ask the Curator" section, there's nothing
you can't find out at this site. The George Eastman House includes a timeline of the history of photography
and one of the world's largest technology collections, including more than 4,000 cameras, 700 projectors
and 900 lenses. View online collections, notes on photographs and exhibitions (past, present and future). Browse collections by category: photography, motion picture and technology. Listen to the podcast or keep up to date on the blog. Order prints, books and cameras at its online shop.
American Museum of Photography -- virtual
This online museum features an exhibition called "Special Effects." That's right - how the camera "learned to lie." Included in this exhibition is a section called "Do You Believe? A Ghostly Gallery," with photos of ghost spirits. Are these photos a manipulation of the medium, or do spirits really exist? See the shots and decide for yourself. Make sure to do the online guided tour of the museum and exhibition guide so you don't miss any of the exhibitions or features. The Research Center includes links to early photographic processes and how to protect and preserve photographs. Stop by the bookshop to find some related books you can purchase through Amazon.
California Museum of Photography -- Riverside, CA
The museum at the University of California at Riverside features a bunch of interesting exhibitions. Read the summaries for current, upcoming, touring and past exhibitions. Make sure to check out WebWorks, a digital studio outreach program with some fun exhibitions you can see online. View the permanent collection as well and search to find a specific piece of art. Check out the glossary, history and notes on the mechanics of photography, animation and stereography. Don't forget to browse the online bookstore on your way out.
After visiting these sites, you might feel inspired
to pick up your own camera and turn your vision into art. Experiment on your own, or for a more serious
photographic education, check out these schools of photography that offer both short- and long-term