After exploring these three excellent photo-mapping exhibits, I am curious to see what lies ahead for this form of digital history. Photogrammar's success suggests that future projects will similarly use data science to organize and analyze other significant collections of photographs. I can only imagine the possibilities of a historical photo-map of Los Angeles that combined the street-level detail of Invincible Cities and Photogrammar's sheer quantity of images. While big data and digitalization may be the hottest trend in photo- mapping right now, original creations are necessary to add to the ongoing history of cities. The National Endowment for the Humanities' decision to award Vergara the National Humanities Medal— making him the first photographer to ever receive the honor—suggests that the U.S. government is interested in encouraging the development of more ambitious efforts to understand urban landscapes through mapping and photography.
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