Three Excellent, Really Excellent, Resources

While checking a story headlined International Center of Photography Set To Close Its Midtown Museum I came across some resources that I'd like to share with you.

Before we get started I'd like to say that, as is often the case today, the headline was misleading. Many readers, myself included, would have thought the worst-- the museum is closing. Not true. They are simply coming to the end of a lease and will be finding new space. It's a relief to find out that an institution is not folding but disappointing that a more accurate headline wasn't used.

On to the good stuff...

First, when you get to the International Center of Photography web site you'll find a LOT of reference material that can help one to learn more about serious photography. There are many resources but I found something buried in the Press Archive that could go a long way to giving you an education by studying the masters.

For each of their "Past Exhibitions" they offer representative photos from the exhibition, photos of the exhibit itself, links to related exhibitions and external links to learn more about the photographer and/or photographs.

Second, even though I was disappointed with the headline of their story, artnet news provides more than respectable coverage of photography. Again, it's focus is on "serious" photography or perhaps more appropriately "fine art" photography.

In addition to its roundup of "news" (important and timely stories) on the home page, the site is divided into three parts; Art World, Market and People. Most of the coverage is about high-end art galleries, auctions, etc.

Under "Galleries" you will arrive at Fine Art Galleries and a menu for selecting "photographs." As of this minute there are 2,267 pages with 12 photos on a page, When you view the photos and find one that appeals to you there are links to go to more about the photographer. Once you land on a page for a photographer you have many choices for learning more about the photographer.

You can locate and explore galleries where photographs are being sold. The function might prove to be very useful if you were trying to determine which galleries (worldwide) sell photographs. If they exhibit photographers' work you can get a feel for what types of images they sell or have sold.

The third resource I stumbled across when I went back to ICP's site is Aperture. Here's the description from their site: "Aperture, a not-for-profit foundation, connects the photo community and its audiences with the most inspiring work, the sharpest ideas, and with each other—in print, in person, and online."

What started out in 1951 as a "serious periodical devoted to photography" has become "a multi-platform publisher and center for the photo community." The site has much depth-- among its 26,000 pages it offers articles, videos and a lot of other material for the serious student of photography in general and journalism in particular.