Photo of the Week

Because I manage the database where all the cataloging information and digital images of the collection are stored, I get to see thousands of photographs every week that are not currently on view. I'm starting a new series of weekly, thematic blog posts to highlight some of the interesting images I come across in my day-to-day work. So without further ado, here are my first selections...

Charles Weidner, Fleeing from the Burning City, April 18, 1906, San Francisco, California, halftone postcard, ca. 1907

Arnold Genthe, San Francisco, April 18th, 1906, 10am, gelatin silver print, 1906

This Saturday happens to mark the anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. These are two photographs of the San Francisco earthquake aftermath taken 103 years ago this week. The earthquake not only made Arnold Genthe famous, but had a lasting impact on another photographer: it broke the nose of four-year-old Ansel Adams.

Come back next Wednesday for the second installment of Photos of the Week!