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  • Collection: Transparent Walls: The Technology of Dissemination in Art Museum Collections

An Early Pamphengos Lantern
When thinking of magic lanterns, fine art education isn’t what necessarily comes to mind, however this technology served as a precursor to more modern day technologies, such as slide projectors and PowerPoint, and helped promote the use of…
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Magic Lantern Slide Lecture
In 1849, Frederick and William Langenheim, German-born brothers who became prominent commercial photographers in Philadelphia, gave their first public magic lantern show using photographic slides known as hyalotypes. This event was a culmination of…
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Figure 1: Halftone Print of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1910
When Daguerre first wrote on his discoveries of photography, he imagined several possible uses including valuable application to science, art, and even the leisure class. Much of those early ideas have since come to be, however one of the earliest…
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Stephen Horgan's "A Scene from Shantytown, New York"
In the late 1870s, the halftone process first took hold as an effective method for cheaply and sufficiently printing images. In 1880, the New York Daily Graphic printed Stephen Horgan’s image ‘A Scene from Shantytown, New York’ which was a…
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Figure 1: Detail of CMYK dot pattern
As printing techniques continued to progress at the turn of the 20th century, color became the next big hurdle for photography and eventually printing. With halftone printing, the challenge was being able to better integrate text and image such that…
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Eastman Kodak Company building in Rochester, NY
George Eastman first started to experiment with wet plate photography as an amateur in 1978, but felt the process cumbersome. Inspired by British journals on photography, he began formulating his own dry plate emulsions and eventually designed a…
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Clarence Kennedy photographed by friend and fellow photographer Ansel Adams
The argument over the practice of using reproductions was particularly poignant amongst art history scholars and professors at the turn of the century. Clarence Kennedy’s Harvard University Ph.D. dissertation focusing on Greek Sculpture and the…
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Figure 1: Kodak Slide Transparencies
Once photography became a stronghold for both professional and personal documentation, the technology continued to develop to become increasingly user-friendly and stable. Many early techniques were laborious and if not conducted properly, the…
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Collection Portals on Art Resource
Dr. Theodore Feder, an art history instructor at Columbia University, founded Art Resource in 1968 under the original name of Editorial Photocolor Archives. Originally built as a repository of color images for study and reproduction, it has since…
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Figure 1: Metropolitan Museum of Art Photo Studio photographing in the gallery
Digital Photography is arguably one of the most influential inventions in image sharing technologies. The history of digital photography gets its earliest start from the work of George Smith and Willard Boyle of Bell Laboratories. Originally working…
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Bayer Color Array Pattern
Following the groundbreaking work of Bell Laboratories to invent the CCD sensors crucial to the formation of digital photography, Bruce Bayer patented the second now standard mechanism in 1976, the Bayer Color Filter Array. Designed to mimic the…
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HTML Image Markup Code
In 1990, Worldwide web founder Tim Berners-Lee was collaborating with other early internet researchers on standardizing computer language and came up with the now standard HTML (HyperText Mark-up Language) programming format. This standardization…
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Figure 1: Museum of the History of Science original homepage
Through its affiliation with the University of Oxford, The Museum of the History of Science became one of the first physical museums to make images of objects in their collection available online for the public. At the time, the museum prided itself…
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Figure 1: Where Google has Collected Imagery
Google Street View started in 2003 with founder Larry Page experimenting with capturing street level views on a large scale. By 2005, the project had grown in scope and was greatly expanded by the acquisition of a number of companies that provided…
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Figure 1: Street View Trolley Inside the Iraq National Museum
The Google Street View trolley, now one of five image-capturing devices that make up Google’s ‘fleet’ has been extremely valuable to the museum world as institutions continue to ameliorate their presence and relevance on the Internet platform. The…
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Figure 1: Google Art Project view of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Petrie Court
Many museums around the world have been working tirelessly to make their collections and even publications available online for the public. With the Google Art Project, Google’s Cultural Institute aimed to go one step beyond this by making the actual…
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MetPublications Landing Page
Launched in October 2012, The Metropolitan Museum of Art now offers full access to all museum-published books, journals, and bulletins since 1964 in a web feature called MetPublications. This feature gives the public complete access to museum…
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