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ARTS 251: Photography: Materials and Techniques (HC)

ARTS 251: Photography: Materials and Techniques (Williams) Spring 2024

Browsing the Collection Using Tripod

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

How can I find books that relate to my project? 

In Tripod use the "author" 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...

Browsing online using Tripod

Let's say you find a book on Tripod   Connect from Bryn Mawr College      Icon     Icon  and you really think it is relevant to your interests or research project. You can physically walk over to the stacks (on the 2nd tier) and look at the section where the book is located, but you can also digitally browse. The benefit to digitally browsing is that the Virtual Browse option in Tripod includes all of the libraries in the Trico. Look at the record of the book you are interested in and scroll to the bottom. You will see a "Virtual Browse" section with a carousel of books. 

Borrowing in the Tri-Co and Beyond

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 Periodical Reading Room. Back issues of these periodicals are retained and housed in the Phillips Wing according to their call number.


Afterimage   Connect from Bryn Mawr College      Icon     Icon  (also online)   Connect from Bryn Mawr College      Icon     Icon
Aperture   Connect from Bryn Mawr College      Icon     Icon  (also online)   Connect from Bryn Mawr College      Icon     Icon
Archive   Connect from Bryn Mawr College      Icon     Icon
Blind Spot   Connect from Bryn Mawr College      Icon     Icon
Camera Austria International   Connect from Bryn Mawr College      Icon     Icon
Contact Sheet   Connect from Bryn Mawr College      Icon     Icon
European Photography   Connect from Bryn Mawr College      Icon     Icon  
Exposure   Connect from Bryn Mawr College      Icon     Icon
Eyemazing   Connect from Bryn Mawr College      Icon     Icon
History of Photography (also online
HotShoe International   Connect from Bryn Mawr College      Icon     Icon
Lenswork   Connect from Bryn Mawr College      Icon     Icon
Nueva Luz   Connect from Bryn Mawr College      Icon     Icon
Matte   Connect from Bryn Mawr College      Icon     Icon
Photo Review   Connect from Bryn Mawr College      Icon     Icon
Photo Review Newsletter   Connect from Bryn Mawr College      Icon     Icon
Photographer's Forum   Connect from Bryn Mawr College      Icon     Icon
View Camera   Connect from Bryn Mawr College      Icon     Icon

Here are some more to look through. 

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.

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