Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history
The Moscow Multimedia Art Museum has announced the launch of a new portal, History of Russia in Photographs, which exhibits around 80,000 photos dating from 1860 to 2000. The museum's director, Olga Sviblovo, said the portal's goal was to unite all museum and private photo collections in order to create a 'visual Wikipedia on Russian history in photos.'
Sliders allow a user to select and see photographs from a particular period or images can be search by name or keyword. 'We're now developing the site's English version and perfecting the auto translator because searching on the site is done through tags'. explained Sviblova. Google's auto translate facility provides a workable site, although tags are in Cyrillic at the moment.
The project brings together photographic material from all of Moscow's museums and the state archive, as well as with regional museums and the heirs of well-known Russian photographers. Users can also post their own photos, enhance the images and act as curators by creating their own exhibitions with accompanying texts and comments.
Image: Stallion Lyudmil, c.1860-1870s. From the collection of the Grand Duke Nicholas. Source: MAMM / MDF.
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