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Magnum Archive

A data visualisation for the Magnum photography archive, allowing people to discover the archive in an exploratory manner and also provide a useful research/working tool.

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The two different outcomes reflect the two different users. First, an interactive table and projection for those who are interested in photography for leisure.

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Transparent cards of an individual photographer are placed on an interactive table surface. They show the themes, with a data visualisation of the colour spectrum of the photographs.

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Multiple cards can be placed on the table, with lines visualising how the photographers share themes, which can be selected through tapping the bubbles.

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The map feature shows the location of the photographs, with a balloon circle which indicates the number of photos in that location.

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Multiple lines will appear as more cards are placed onto the table. The user taps on a country to select it as a filter.

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The second was a website, designed more as a working tool for those involved with photography in a professional sense.

The map feature allows for geographic selection, and a timeline to select a timespan. The most important theme-related historical events are shown on the side. Users zoom in and out to enlarge the area of interest.

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A photo stream is shown at the bottom of the page, with the option to access the full selection through a pull up screen. The user then has access to other filters such as colour selection.

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Filtered photographs can then be viewed enlarged, with more information accessed by clicking on a single photograph.