The New York Times has an interesting article on the growing relationship between two great museums of photography, The George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, and the International Center of Photography in New York, New York, and their development of an online exhibit at www.photomuse.org. Unfortunately, I keep getting a "connection refused" message when I try to link to photomuse.org. I assume that this is due to the glut of people trying to check it out from the NY Times. I'm interested to see what the site will have on there. NYT explains the online project thusly:
... an ambitious project to create one of the largest freely accessible databases of masterwork photography anywhere on the Web, a venture that will bring their collections to much greater public notice and provide an immense resource for photography aficionados, both scholars and amateurs.
The Web site - Photomuse.org, now active only as a test site, with a smattering of images - is expected to include almost 200,000 photographs when it is completed in the fall of 2006, and as both institutions work out agreements with estates and living photographers, the intention is to add tens of thousands more pictures.
Randy Kennedy, Amassing a Treasury of Photography, N.Y. Times (Jul. 20, 2005).
I checked out some of the photos attached to the article (in lieu of visiting the site); they're impressive works (Capa, Stieglitz, and Brady are amongst those represented). If Photomuse is going to head down that road, it could be a hell of an inspiration.