Since joining The Commons on Flickr in June, 2008 George Eastman House has shared over 400 photographs with Flickr users (receiving over 400,000 views!) The 5th participant behind the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian, George Eastman House is now one of 12 public institutions sharing their photography collections through The Commons.
The goal of this online communityâ€”the brainchild of Flickrâ€™s Superstar Princess of Special Projects, George Oatesâ€”is to engage the public with historic photography collections from all over the world. Flickr is perhaps the worldâ€™s largest archive of digital images and its users are invited not only to look at and repurpose photographs but are encouraged to tag (keyword) and comment on the images.
This personal interaction with photographs is one of the most interesting parts of The Commons; it is exhilarating to have the opportunity to share our collection with such a large audience and to read and respond to their comments.
The majority of comments are in the family of, wow!, wonderful! beautiful, thank you for sharing these treasures, gracias, fabulous, super, stunning, fantastica, striking, stupenda, too cool! gorgeous, and incredible. In addition to this head swelling praise we are also learning new facts about our photographs. Here are a few of the fun things weâ€™ve learned from Flickr users:
Click on any of the photos to take you to their Flickr page.
Jessica Johnston is an Assistant Curator in the Department of Photographs at George Eastman House. She manages numerous exhibitions and projects at the museum including our recent participation on the Flickr Commons.