This Photographic Arts Center in Colorado Is Offering Its Entire Collection Online

This Photographic Arts Center in Colorado Is Offering Its Entire Collection Online

Despite museums, galleries, and cooperatives temporarily shuttering due to the coronavirus crisis, cultural institutions are finding ways to allow audiences to view their curated displays. One such establishment in Denver, Colorado has generously uploaded its 180-artist collection for viewers to peruse online.

The Colorado Photographic Arts Center's new virtual contribution features some of photography's most famed figures of the past: Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and Edward R. Miller, to name just a few.

fine art black and white photo composite, surreal with eyeballs

Memories of Max Ernst by Jerry Uelsmann, courtesy of Colorado Photographic Arts Center

Although viewing images on a screen might feel less rewarding than encountering a print up close, digital artwork can serve as a valuable replacement when up close is not possible. One could even argue that the vibrancy of a digital screen offers a unique experience of an image, one that can differ greatly from the printed version. A digital photograph can become a slightly or not so slightly different image when transferred to paper, and vice versa.

an Ansel Adams image of a mountain scene mirrored in a lake

Mirror Lake by Ansel Adams, courtesy of Colorado Photographic Arts Center

Printing and digital photo processing styles are matters of taste. But one aspect of image review is always crucial to the online viewing experience: resolution. Many online art galleries, including Colorado's Photographic Arts Center, offer high-resolution viewing. Individual files can even come as large as a gigapixel. Such technically sophisticated resolution transfer can allow the viewer to experience high-clarity detail even on larger monitors or television screens.

a portrait in front of trees by Imogen Cunningham in sepia

Minor White by Imogen Cunningham, courtesy of Colorado Photographic Arts Center

If only because of the opportunities for high-resolution analysis, online galleries can be seen as a worthwhile alternative for galleries that cannot, for one reason or another, be currently viewed. And they've become more common since February, 2011 when Google Arts and Culture was launched. This unique platform showcases over 2,000 leading museums and archives of the arts. It also offers a "walkthrough" feature for select partner galleries, employing Google's Street View technology to give the viewer a more immersive experience.

Are you a fan of online art galleries, or do you see them as more of a fad? Please share your viewing experiences and opinions in the comments section below.

Lead image: Andy Warhol by John Bonath, courtesy of Colorado Photographic Arts Center

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3 Comments

Tony Hetherington's picture

I,'ve just perused through the images and don't understand why they are regarded highly enough to be part of a collection in a museum.( well quite a few of them anyway )....can someone enlighten me or am I just a philistine !!.....I accept I am possibly being an idiot but lots of them are " snapshots ".....is it a case of " the emperor's new clothes " syndrome ???...I apologise if I,m making assumptions and being judgemental but I don't get it .

Tony Hetherington's picture

Yes i get that but it,s a bit like Tracy emins " unmade bed "....someone has decided..wow !!....there,s a fortune to be made here...I,ll exploit all the stupid people I can and convince them that the woman is a genius......still don't get it 😁😁😁😂😂