I LOVE a good photo! And today the New York Public Library has just added a LOT of good photos ("good" being a major understatement) to Flickr.com.
NYPL dips it's toes into the Flickr Commons today by posting 1,300 items from various areas of its diverse photographic collections.
From the NYPL: "Consider this a sort of appetizer course, a sampler of collections accessible in greater breadth and depth on the NYPL Digital Gallery, and on-site in our network of libraries. Lush images of modern dance pioneers; haunting early cyanotypes of algae (the first photographic works to be produced by a woman); majestic geographical surveys taken along the Union Pacific Railroad, iconic Depression-era images taken under the Farm Security Administration's famed photography program; Berenice Abbott's epic documentation of 1930s New York for the Federal Art Project; stunning 19th century vistas of the Egypt and Syria; scenes and portraits of Ellis Island Immigrants, the Statue of Liberty under construction... These and more are now available to view, tag and discuss in the Flickr Commons, and are offered as an invitation to explore further on the NYPL's own website or in our physical libraries. After this initial road test, we expect to post many more images into the Commons pool."
Since we have an ancestor in our family who directed orchestras for the silent movies, my current fave NYPL collection is "Production Photographs from the Early Cinema." featuring amazingly clear shots of the faces that Grandpa Cooke set to music.