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The Bully Has Left the Room

Untitled / George Seeley
Untitled, about 1903, George Seeley. Platinum print, 19.2 x 24.3 cm. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 84.XM.163.3.

While James Ensor is away, Pictorialist photographs will play. More»

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An Intimate View of Tokyo

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Picnic #2, 1998, Masato Seto. Silver-dye bleach print. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2006.34.1. Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council. © Masato Seto

Four photographers capture an intimate view of the most populous cities in the world: Tokyo. More»

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Transformed by Minor White

Vicinity of Naples, New York / Minor White
The Minor White Archive, Princeton University Art Museum, bequest of Minor White (MWA 55-48). © Trustees of Princeton University

“Two of Minor White’s images helped me to survive.” More»

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5 Questions about the State of Photography in L.A. Today

Los Angeles at dusk

Quick takes on photography and L.A. from four experts. More»

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The Photographs That Helped Save a National Icon

Cathedral Rocks / Watkins
Cathedral Rocks 2600ft., Yosemite, 1861, Carleton Watkins, from the album Photographs of the Yosemite Valley

Carleton Watkins’s powerful images helped convince Congress to save Yosemite. More»

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Artists, Educators, and Curators on L.A. and Photography

George Baker, professor of art history at UCLA, offering the keynote address. On screen: photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron
George Baker, professor of art history at UCLA, offering the keynote address. On screen: photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron

Photography turned 175 this year. Audio and recaps from the special celebratory symposium. More»

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The California Dream, In Photographs

View to patio and swimming pool, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Moss residence, Pacific Palisades, c. 1944
View to patio and swimming pool, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Moss residence, Pacific Palisades, c. 1944, Maynard Parker

A foil to Julius Shulman’s B&W glamour, Maynard Parker captured middle-class modernism. More»

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Tableaux of the Seasons

The Princess Royal and Prince Arthur as “Summer” in the Tableaux of the Seasons, 1854, Roger Fenton. Royal Collection Trust / Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014
Royal Collection Trust / Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

The royal children enact the seasons in a rare album now on display at the Getty Museum. More»

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77,000 Images of Tapestries and Italian Monuments Join the Open Content Program

Italian sculpture / Max Hutzel
Max Hutzel photographed Italy for 30 years, documenting architecture, paintings, frescoes, sculpture, manuscripts, metalwork and other "arte minore" (minor arts). The Getty Research Institute, 86.P.8

Photographs of Italian monuments and European tapestries join the Open Content Program. More»

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Re-Picturing Photographic History

Left: Arrangement of Botanical Specimens, 1838m William Henry Fox Talbot. Photogenic drawing negative, 8 13/16 x 7 1/4 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 84.XM.1002.10. Right: Arrangement of Botanical Specimens, 1839, 2008, Hiroshi Sugimoto. Gelatin silver print, 36 7/8 x 29 1/2 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2013.64.9. © Hiroshi Sugimoto
Left: Arrangement of Botanical Specimens, 1838m William Henry Fox Talbot. Photogenic drawing negative, 8 13/16 x 7 1/4 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 84.XM.1002.10. Right: Arrangement of Botanical Specimens, 1839, 2008, Hiroshi Sugimoto. Gelatin silver print, 36 7/8 x 29 1/2 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2013.64.9. © Hiroshi Sugimoto

Why is contemporary artist Hiroshi Sugimoto taking pictures of 175-year-old prints? More»

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      This milky pink boomed into popularity because of a marketing ploy, a mistress, and its ambiguous origins.

      In an effort to compete with the renowned Meissen porcelain factory, the French Sèvres manufactory recruited the glamorous Madame de Pompadour (mistress to King Louis XV). Like a smart sponsorship deal, Sèvres gave her all the porcelain she requested. 

      Introduced in 1757, this rich pink exploded on the scene thanks to favoritism by Madame Pompadour herself. 

      The glaze itself had a weird history. To the Europeans it looked Chinese, and to the Chinese it was European. It was made based on a secret 17th-century glassmaker’s technique, involving mixing glass with flecks of gold.

      For more on colors and their often surprising histories, check out The Brilliant History of Color in Art.

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