A weekly recap of art world news.
Russia Releases “Safe Selfie” Guide
Due to a recent surge in selfie-related deaths and injuries, the Russian Interior Ministry has issued an official guide on safety practices while taking selfies. The guide is aimed at Russia’s youths and includes visual aides that help to identify situations that could prove dangerous if the selfie-taker was not paying attention to their surroundings. The unintentionally humorous guide includes illustrations and captions from real accidents that have occurred recently, one such example depicts a person taking a selfie with what appears to be a wild animal. The caption reads, “SELFIE with animals is not always lovely!”
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)
Instagram Increases Photo Resolution
Instagram has announced a dramatic increase in the resolution of published photographs from 640px to 1080px. File sizes have increased from 0.41 megapixels to 1.2 megapixels, causing many users to express concern regarding their data usage. To alleviate these concerns, the company assures users that its image optimization has kept the files size roughly the same.
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Getty Museum Receives Donation of Rare 19th Century Photographs
The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has acquired 39 early French and British landscape and architectural photographs from photography collector Jay McDonald. McDonald is considered to have one of the best collections of 19th century photography in the United States. The donated works include prints and negatives dated between the 1840s and 1860s by notable photographers including Gustave Le Grey, Roger Fenton as well as one anonymous photographer.
Read the full story (Art News)