Library of Congress Upgrades Prints and Photographs Online Catalog

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The Library of Congress has finally undergone a much needed online upgrade.  The Prints and Photographs Online Catalog website was created in 1996 and it really looked like it.  It was a mainly text based site and it was difficult to navigate.  The new site is a significant improvement.  Now you can jump on to browse a well cataloged 1.25 million digital images with ease. 

They've got traditional photographs of course, but there's plenty more.  Take the Genthe collection for example.  Arnold Genthe was an internationally recognized photographer that died back in 1942, but there are 16,850 different items online.  These include his photos, negatives, and even press clippings with information about the man.

If you're not looking for one particular photographer, you can also view photos by category.  They've got 4,200 panoramic photographs, 7,000 different images of the Civil War and nearly a thousand from the World's Transportation Comission.

It's a great resource for studying a bit of photographic history, or for getting inspiration for your photographs.  You can find the new digital collection right at the Library of Congress website.