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ARTS 103/108: Arts Foundation—Photography (HC)

Fine Arts 103 and 108: Arts Foundation Photography (Williams) Fall 2023

Browsing the Collection Using Tripod

The photography collection is in the Philips Wing of the Lutnick Library, on both the mezzanine and main levels (Level 2). 

How can I find books that relate to my project? 

In Tripod's Advanced Search, use the "Author/Creator" search to find books by a photographer.  Use the "subject" search to find books about the photographer.

Tripod Haverford ; Tripod Bryn Mawr ; and Tripod Swarthmore are all different now, so make sure you use the catalog for the school you attend. 

Most university and many specialized art libraries use the Library of Congress classification system.  Knowing a few of the most commonly used call numbers will allow you to browse a collection.  Many materials will fall into the following call number ranges:

     TR1              photography magazines
     TR15 -139    histories of photography
     TR647          exhibit catalogs
     TR651          photographic works or topics from years 1800-1850
     TR652          photographic works or topics from years 1851-1900
     TR653          photographic works or topics from years 1901-1950
     TR654          photographic works or topics from years 1951-2000
     TR655          photographic works or topics from years 2001-
     TR660          landscape photography
     TR681          portraits
     TR820.5       documentary photography

NOTE:  After the first section of the call number (TR654), the second section starts with a letter.  This letter will often refer to the first letter in the photographer's last name.  For example, a book about Walker Evans is classified with the call number TR654 E...

Google Search Tips

Using Google to find more information about artists, galleries, and museums can be helpful. Here are some tips for finding what you need:

1. Use double quotes to search for exact phrases:
Enclose exact phrases in double quotes "like this" to emphasize search results containing that phrase, or the name of an artist. Ex: "Cai Guoqiang"

2. Create your own search engine for a particular website using Google:
To search within a particular website, add the following "site:" statement to your search results.

keith haring​

3. Eliminate commonly associated search terms:
You can exclude search results that include certain words. For example:

colonial photography -America

4. Emphasize certain search terms:
Use the + sign to bring search results containing certain terms towards the top of your Google results. For example:

environmental photography +Japan

5. Search for only academic websites:
Add to your search terms to search (US) academic websites. For example:

colonial photography

You can use this for .org as well to find legitimate organizations, such as museums.  

6. Use Google's "Search Tools" to narrow your results by date added

   1. Enter your search term(s) and click Search.

   2. At the top of the search results page, click "Search Tools." 

   3. You can then change the drop down menu from "Any Time" to the past year, a custom date range, etc.

Photography Periodicals at Haverford

The following is a list of photography magazines and journals which are currently received at Haverford. Current issues are in the Science Library. Back issues of these periodicals are retained and housed in the Warehouse according to their call number.

Afterimage (also online)
Aperture (also online)
Blind Spot
Camera Austria International
Contact Sheet
European Photography 
History of Photography (also online)
HotShoe International
Nueva Luz 
Photo Review
Photo Review Newsletter
Photographer's Forum
View Camera

Art Periodicals

General art magazines will often have articles and reviews related to photography. Current issues are in the Periodicals Room. Some of these magazines are:

Art in America; ARTnews; Artforum; and Modern Painters.