Art, Archaeology, and Architecture (Canyonlights World Art Image Bank)

Greek, Temple of Concord, so-called, oblique view from the southeast, c. 425 BCE, Akragas (Agrigento), Italy. Image and original data provided by Canyonlights World Art Slides and Image Bank

Canyonlights has provided high-quality images, whether slides or photographic prints, for teaching, research, and publication for over two decades. As an art historian and photographer, Dr. Susan Silberberg-Peirce documents archeological sites, architectural monuments, and nature landscapes, with a special focus on the Mediterranean region (Megalithic, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Turkish sites), Great Britain (Megalithic and Medieval sites), and the Southwestern United States (Prehistoric and Native American sites). Her slides and photographs are widely used in teaching and research institutions throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. They have also been exhibited in the United States and Europe, as well as published in a variety of reference books and journals.

Artstor is collaborating with Canyonlights to digitize and distribute 3,000 images from the Silberberg-Peirce's archive of original photography, both 35 mm slides and photographic prints. In so doing, both Canyonlights and Artstor seek to make Silberberg-Peirce's images more broadly available for non-commercial, scholarly, and educational purposes by using digital technologies. According to Silberberg-Peirce, “As a scholar and professor, I am acutely aware of the educational community's need for high quality images. As a photographer, I am delighted to have the opportunity to share my documentation with a wider audience through Artstor's distinguished portal.”

As part of this collaboration, Artstor has also sponsored two new photographic campaigns. A 2006 photographic campaign was intended to expand and deepen Canyonlights' already considerable coverage of Prehistoric and Native American sites in the Southwestern United States. The resulting new photography documents sites such as: Chaco Canyon, the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, the Petroglyph National Monument, the Salinas National Monument, and the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site. A second photographic campaign in 2007 focused on Spanish Colonial missions in California. These photographs document the 18th and 19th century missions located along California’s El Camino Real (“The King’s Highway”), which extends from Mission San Diego de Alcala in San Diego in the south to Mission San Francisco Solano in Sonoma in the north.