From a technical perspective there've been a lot of interesting open source projects that I've made to support this site:
I've also written a number of papers and given presentations on the work that I've done here (and elsewhere in the digital humanities).
This is a talk that I gave in 2014 about the construction of the site and my reasons for building it:
I've since worked on a number of other projects like a database for a consortium of Art History Photo Archives: http://images.pharosartresearch.org/
And I'm building another one now on Japanese Picture Books (from the 19th century and older).
These are all my "spare time" fun hobby projects, my day job is still at Khan Academy as a Frontend Architect. I just enjoy getting to explore other types of applications and problem spaces!
Happy to answer any questions anyone might have!
I've recently fallen in love with the more modern ukiyo-e artists like Kawase Hasui: https://ukiyo-e.org/artist/kawase-hasui
Look at the shadows from the leaves of the unseen trees here: https://data.ukiyo-e.org/mak/images/13612-6.jpg
Now I can explore to my heart's content....
Especially interesting to me is the https://github.com/mongaku/mongaku library for image searching. Haven't used it in a project yet, but expect I will. Thanks for this (and the other amazing things of immeasurable impact like jQuery you authored)!
I appreciate the work put into making the site light and responsive, even with so many images. And I find the mouseover functionality really neat, too - even if it's not the most practical way to view hundreds (or thousands!) of works at a time, it's completely mesmerizing.
A subset of this problem emerges from the transliteration of name kanji. Romaji is not always handled consistently, especially in historical contexts, and name characters have their own rough history around digitization of han character code points.
One of the first steps was to adopt name indexes to help with normalization but beyond some of those databases, it's been very interesting to see the graph analysis approach work with a combination of computer vision technology and carefully crafted apps to help archivists and researchers in these communities work together to combine their own data. This is a great example of what technology can do for a community if the intersection between people and technology is done well.
I’ve bought many pieces over the years from David. He has slowed down a bit with his personal carving as he has gotten older but has taken up training a new generation of artists which is very admirable.
The site is kinda hard to navigate. He did a reprint of The Great Wave that I want to get.
I got into woodblock prints just because I happened to see a great exhibit at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Before that they all sort of looked the same to me.
Browse the artelino listings and find stuff that you like. Values for woodblocks tend to not really go up or down, so buy them just because you like looking at them.
I love that site. Glad to see it and woodblocks mentioned here.
Would love to learn about more artists
OTOH, doing multi block, perfectly aligned woodblock prints like the ones in the link is quite difficult. There’s no shortcut, you have to carve each color block by hand.