Google Makes Its $149 Photo Editing Software Now Completely Free to Download

≡ Category: Photography, Software |33 Comments

Google’s Nik Collection, a photo editing software package designed for professional photographers, once retailed for $149. Today it’s absolutely free to download, for both Windows and Mac users.
Here you can read Google’s announcement, which includes more information on the software package and its capabilities.

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Hear John Malkovich Read Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave,” Set to Music Mixed by Ric Ocasek, Yoko Ono & Sean Lennon, OMD & More

≡ Category: Music, Philosophy, Photography |2 Comments

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So, imagine that you’re John Malkovich. I know, you’ve seen this movie before, but hear me out: you’re one of the most venerated actors of your generation. You are entering your sixth decade and could probably coast into your golden years on accolades and prestige parts.

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New Rosa Parks Archive is Now Online: Features 7,500 Manuscripts & 2,500 Photographs, Courtesy of the Library of Congress

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It’s telling that the Library of Congress, in digitizing its vast Rosa Parks Collection in close to its entirety, had to resort to a “representative sample” of children’s greeting cards. The lady had no shortage of admirers at the elementary school level.

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A Tour of Stanley Kubrick’s Prized Lens Collection

≡ Category: Film, Photography |3 Comments

One of the many reasons Stanley Kubrick was such a formidable filmmaker was that he came to cinema after many years as a photographer for publications like Look magazine.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Launches Free Course on Looking at Photographs as Art

≡ Category: Art, MOOCs, Museums, Photography |3 Comments

Not content with banning selfie sticks, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is bringing visual literacy to the masses via its first foray into the world of MOOCs (aka “massive open online courses”).

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Discover Europeana Collections, a Portal of 48 Million Free Artworks, Books, Videos, Artifacts & Sounds from Across Europe

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“Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?,” asked T.S. Eliot in lines from his play “The Rock.” His prescient description of the dawning information age has inspired data scientists and their dissenters for decades.

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The First Photo-Illustrated Book, Anna Atkins’ Austerely Beautiful Photographs of British Algae (1843)

≡ Category: Biology, Books, Photography, Science |1 Comment

Some of our favorite, and most popular, posts at Open Culture focus on book illustration. From fine art to graphic design, from the sublime to the ridiculous to the purely technical, the art used to visualize beloved works of literature and scientific texts captivates us.

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The New York Public Library Lets You Download 180,000 Images in High Resolution: Historic Photographs, Maps, Letters & More

≡ Category: Archives, History, Letters, Literature, Photography |4 Comments

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Most of us Open Culture writers and readers surely grew up thinking of the local public library as an endless source of fascinating things.

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What Does Sound Look Like?: The Audible Rendered Visible Through Clever Technology

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How can you make the invisible, visible? One way to do it is through a nineteenth century photography technique called Schlieren Flow Visualization.

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Vintage Footage Shows a Young, Unknown Patti Smith & Robert Mapplethorpe Living at the Famed Chelsea Hotel (1970)

≡ Category: History, Music, Photography |2 Comments

Here at Open Culture, we can’t get enough of the Chelsea Hotel, which means we can’t get enough of the Chelsea Hotel in a certain era, at the height of a certain cultural moment in New York history.

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