May 29, 2022

Impressive! Yale University Launches Photogrammar Platform, Search and Visualize More than 170,000 Historic Images From 1935 to 1945

Photogrammar has been in development for a couple of years. In 2012, the project from the Yale Grad. School of Arts and Sciences received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Interesting background here.

Today, the platform went live online.

From the Website:

Photogrammar is a web-based platform for organizing, searching, and visualizing the 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the United State’s Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI).

From PetaPixel:

Dorothea Lange’s iconic Migrant Mother…is just one of the roughly 170,000 photographs taken between 1935 and 1945 for a project commissioned by the United State’s Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI).

All of those photos are currently being stored in the Library of Congress, but a dedicated team from Yale University is looking to revitalize this invaluable collection of photographs by organizing them, pairing them up, and explaining how these images and photographers came together to create the most comprehensive looks at America following the Great Depression and into the early years of WWII.

The resulting project is called Photogrammar, and it’s one of the most beautiful and comprehensive conglomerations of visuals and information you’re ever likely to stumble across.

Using interactive maps, dashboards and even color wheels, Photogrammar and its accompanying ‘Labs’ projects provide a visual hierarchy of information that brings the almost 80-year-old project back to life.

Read the Complete Blog Post

Direct to Photogrammar

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