Photographic Art Brought to Your Home
Due to COVID -19 a lot of cultural institutions have had to shut down for an unknown length of time. Fortunately, museums, galleries, and exhibitors are beginning to use digital technologies to bring their art to your home. Even though SilvergrainClassics is obviously a champion of the analog world, we say thank you to Tim Berners- Lee, who invented the world wide web. During the pandemic, it provides a connection to diverse photography and the inspiration it can give you, all in the comfort zone of your home.
Here’s a list of online galleries, videos, and virtual tours. Inform yourself about great photography with just one click!
The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne is one of the most famous in Australia. Its collection of artwork is recognized worldwide and known for its wide range of international art. The Australian artist Petrina Hicks works on medium-format film and is on display now.
The International Center of Photography Museum in New York contains a wide range of prints from the earliest days of photography up to modern contemporary work within their collection. You can have access to the collection online via their official homepage.
Pier24 was opened in 2010 in San Francisco and is home for the photographic collection of the Pilara Foundation. The gallery produced artist videos with photographers that are included in the Collection and have been featured in an exhibition. Melissa Cantonese work ”Dive Dark Dream Slow“ is re-reading pre-existing pictures as luminous transmissions of anticipation, fear and desire.
The Science and Media Museum in Bradford is great for exploring the history of photography. From early beginnings to an in-depth look how black and white photography turned to color, you will find a lot of other information about technology as well.
The Museum of Photographic Arts was founded 1974 and is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park. Their mission is to inspire, educate and engage through their wide range of collections, and their preservation of photography and film. Apart from their physical exhibitions they offer some interesting online exhibitions on their homepage like “A Colorful Life” by Lynn G. Fayman.
PHmuseum was founded in 2012 and is a curated online platform dedicated to contemporary photography. With the aim to discover and promote contemporary photographers, they feature the work of around 120 photographers a year. A visit to their website is worth more than just one look. You can find a lot of alternative photo processes like wet plate, cyanotypes, and others by using the search section. Have a look at Claudia Carmen’s “Habitat” using the alternative process called “Brown Van Dyke.”
Fraenkle Gallery is known as one of the best addresses for great photography worldwide including artists like Diane Arbus, Peter Hujar or Irving Penn. They feature some excellent artist videos on their website. Have a closer look at “About the Prints” watching Neil Selkirk discovering the unique world of Diane Arbus.
The work of the pioneer in Brazilian fashion photography, Otto Stupakoff, can also be seen in an online gallery. He lived in Sao Paulo, New York, and Paris and worked for great Magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. The Instituto Moreira Salles dedicates an online exhibition to the Brazilian Photographer, separated in three parts: “The early days,” “His International Career,” and “His Studio”.
The A. Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas displays a beautiful exhibition called “The Imperfect Lens” in their Salon Gallery. The exhibition is juried by well-known Fine Art Photographer Michael Kirchoff and shows analog works from different photographers. The exhibition is on display until May 10.
The Biennale für Aktuelle Fotografie is a biannual festival for photography in Germany. The Biennale 2020 was curated by British artist and curator David Campany and is held in six different locations in the Rhein – Neckar Area from 29th of February – 26th of April. Due to the COVID -19 lockdown they are offering a virtual tour through all of their exhibitions.
If you are drawn to history, the Gordon Parks Foundation is a good way to explore the photographic work of the man who was called to be the first black photographer to become famous for documenting American culture. You can see a wide range of his work, from publications in LIFE Magazine to behind-the-scenes glimpses at contact sheets with the help of Google Arts & Culture.