Title: Trials and Tribulations, Results and Implications. Digitizing for EuropeanaPhotography
Authors: Truyen, Frederik ×
Taes, Sofie #
Issue Date: Dec-2014
Publisher: Leuven: Instituut voor Culturele Studies
Series Title: Image and Narrative vol:15 issue:4 pages:1-13
Abstract: EuropeanaPhotography ( is an EU-funded (CIP-ICT-PSP) project aiming to contribute over 430.000 high-quality early photography images to Europeana ( To this end, a team consisting of 19 photo agencies, museums and archives - most of them members of the newly established International Consortium for Photographic Heritage - has digitized, metadated and enriched their masterpieces from the first 100 years of photography. A travelling exhibition, “All our Yesterdays” (, turns the digital collection that has resulted from these efforts, into a real life experience intended to be presented at museums throughout Europe. In this paper, we discuss the issues of digitizing photographic heritage. Unfolding the process of material selection, the choices made with regard to metadata structure, technical standards, digitization and rights management, we touch upon more philosophical issues involving the position and functioning of photographic heritage in memorial practice, its impact on archival procedures, the photographic image in a digital context, the photo and intellectual property rights. We hope this paper will unveil the hidden complexity of an ‘abstract’ cultural object – such as the (digital) photo - and demonstrate the need for a reconceptualization of our relation to the medium as prompted by digitization practices.
ISSN: 1780-678X
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Literary Theory and Cultural Studies, Leuven
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