PHOTOCONSORTIUM is a network of photographic archives, including public institutions and private agencies, collectors and private content holders from all over Europe. The collections of PHOTOCONSORTIUM members include imagery that showcase the richness of photographic heritage and its cultural and artistic value, since the early days until now.
Many fragile examples of pioneer photographic practice are preserved in highy tecnological storages, and thus are accessible only to few professionals in the field who can properly handle them. One of the major efforts in sight of unlocking this treasure of cultural heritage and make it accessible to citizens, amateurs, students, researchers and creative industry was to convert the physical items into high quality digital reproductions, which easily allow to share the images online.
Big players in the market of press photography and important cultural heritage institutions accepted the challenge of showcasing their content online, via their own websites and via digital libraries such as Europeana.eu, the European digital library. PHOTOCONSORTIUM is a centre of expertise about digitized photography and actively supports content holders to boost the visibility of their collections, participating in international initiatives for sharing and highlighting digital cultural heritage collections of photographs.