Topic: Historical Photography

Fan Ho / Courtesy Modernbook Gallery
Out There

Hong Kong Yesterday: The Pearl of the Orient in the 1950s

The layered black and white photographs of Hong Kong Yesterday are the visual diary of a patient observer; a diary that, save for the lack of diesel-spewing motorbikes, cell phones and neon advertisements, truly feels like it might have been written — and photographed — yesterday.

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ETH-Bibliothek Zurich, Image Archive/Stiftung Luftbild Schweiz
Out There

Great Heights In The Swissair Archive

Swissair might have been once world renowned for its high standards of service and customer relations, but one might not know that photography was a driving passion of its co-founder. LightBox explores some of the treasures in the archives of the airline.

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Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative

The Past Comes Alive: History in High-Definition

There’s always something interesting about history—it’s often just a matter of knowing where to find it. highlights the noteworthy negatives of the Library of Congress in high-definition.

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Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME / Original image by Alexander Gardner / Library of Congress
The Backstory

A Vibrant Past: Colorizing the Archives of History

For this week’s issue of TIME, Sanna Dullaway digitally colorized archival images of America’s 16th president in hopes of bringing history to life. Here’s a look back on the iconic images she’s revisited.

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Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii–© LOC, LC-DIG-prokc-21485
Out There

History in Color: Rare Photographs of Czarist Russia

Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii created thousands of color photographs of Czarist Russia. A new book from German publisher Gestalten features a selection of the Russian photographer’s nearly 2,000 glass negatives.

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The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Willard Van Dyke
Out There

‘American Photographs’ by Walker Evans

The 75th anniversary edition of Walker Evans’ American Photographs, published by the Museum of Modern Art, reinforces the power and mastery of the legendary photographer’s work.

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