Khan Academy – Getty Museum on Photography
The virtual learning non-profit, Khan Academy, and the pride of Los Angeles’ museum community, The Getty, collaborate on this series of short documentaries about photography: videos that investigate photographers, photo processes, artistic insights, and technological convergences. If Khan Academy’s positive, do-it-yourself approach to learning might seem at odds with The Getty’s stylish bastion of culture, the results of the collaboration are content-rich and illuminating. The collection is an open invitation to listen to artists such as Dorothea Lang and John Humble talk about their artistic processes, or discover the now arcane processes for making Daguerreotypes and other early printing processes. An unexpected bonus for the casual viewer: watching just a couple of films will earn you a Khan Academy “badge.”
Luminous-Lint is the result of one man’s laudable mission to get us all involved in the creation of “the world’s leading collaborative knowledge-base for the history of photography,” and that knowledge-base includes a wealth of material for self-instruction. Information in this complex but very user-friendly site, is organized by searchable sections that include themes, photographers, techniques, galleries and dealers, as well as times lines. Luminous-Lint makes very good use of the web’s elastic nature: each link in these sections unfolds into an amazingly rich page of historical and practical information, closely connected with other pages - including eclectic photo galleries - in order to give the most complete picture possible. The most original feature of Luminous-Lint is its very personal and direct requests for input; the site is dotted with areas for feedback and ways to get involved in building the content. The interactive nature of the site, somewhat like a Wikipedia for the history of photography, opens the door to an original and more comprehensive way of researching and displaying photographic history.