BBC In Pictures
Expanding its mandate in the era of web communications, the BBC has has created a truly impressive daily gallery of international news photography under the deft curatorship of its photo editor. In Pictures is a leading example of the democratization of media; here selected amateur works compliment the professional photojournalism. Stunning color photography and award-winning web design perfect the mix.
Chandra X-Ray Observatory
This site features some truly mind-expanding images from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, a telescope specially designed to detect X-ray emission from very hot regions of the universe such as exploded stars, clusters of galaxies, and matter around black holes. Chandra’s busy website is bursting at the seams with all kinds fantastic deep-space images, facts, science, history, educational games, audio and video clips, and classroom-ready activities. To spend time on this site is to become re-acquainted with one’s sense of wonder - seriously.
Click! Photography changes everything
A product of the former Smithsonian Photographic Initiative, Click! Photography Changes Everything is an exploration, through writing, story telling and photographs, of the multitude of ways in which photography influences our lives. The Smithsonian’s many museums, galleries, and research centers have generated millions of photos, which form the basis for this multi-faceted inquiry into photography. The site is divided into sections that explore the themes Who We Are, What We Do, What We See, Where We Go, What We Want and What We Remember, by way of essays from experts and stories from the general public. An innovative, intelligent, wide ranging and very human project.
Far from being an antiquated photographic process, the Daguerreotype is the favourite medium of a vital community of photographers. Contemporary Daguerreotypes is a showcase for news, technical information and a whole lot of compelling images that explore contemporary subjects through the lens of one of the oldest photographic processes.
Earth at Night
One of PhotoWings' favorites, this image of Earth at Night was created with data from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Operational Linescan System (OLS). The brightest areas of the Earth are the most urbanized, but not necessarily the most populated. Cities tend to grow along coastlines and transportation networks. Even more than 100 years after the invention of the electric light, some regions remain thinly populated and unlit. Antarctica is entirely dark. The interior jungles of Africa and South America and the deserts of Africa, Arabia, Australia, Mongolia, and USA are mostly dark, along with the boreal forests of Canada and Russia, and the great mountains of the Himalaya.