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Web Site of the Week: A Democracy of Images

In 1983, the Smithsonian American Art Museum began collecting photographs.  Today they have over 7000 images and this website offers a wonderful exploration of but a few of their holdings. The title of this collection refers to Walt Whitman’s belief that photography was a quintessentially American activity, rooted in everyday people and ordinary things. The visual delights here are divided into four sections, including American Characters and Imagination at Work. Each section contains a brief narrative introduction and then a scroll board of images for visitor consideration.  The American Inhabited area includes a number of dramatic vistas of infrastructure and harbors, right next to more common objects, like a child’s tricycle. Additionally, the site contains a visual timeline and a glossary of terms. [KMG]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2013.


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