America through the lens

October 19, 2021


A University of Richmond digital mapping project called Photogrammar helps make sense of tens of thousands of photos shot in America, during the era of the New Deal and the beginning of World War II, including some of the most famous images in history.

Lauren Tilton, assistant professor of digital humanities, directs the project.

“Photogrammar is a team effort,” Tilton says. “The project draws on the expertise of Rob Nelson, director of the Digital Scholarship Lab, Justin Madron, who is a genius at spatial analysis, and Nate Ayers, a terrific programmer and designer, as well as Taylor Arnold in math and computer science, who is incredible with data visualization and data analysis.”

The project is made possible due to funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies.