Europeana Photography

EuropeanaPhotography (EUROPEAN Ancient PHOTOgraphic vintaGe repositoRies of digitAized Pictures of Historic qualitY) is a great and quite unique consortium and project putting together some of the most prestigious photographic collections from archives, public libraries, and photographic museums covering 100 years of photography, from 1839 with the first example of images from Fox Talbot and Daguerre to the beginning of the Second World War (1939).
EuropeanaPhotography is funded within the Competitiveness and Innovation framework programme 2007-2013. It will last 36 months from  1st February 2012 to 31st January 2015.
EuropeanaPhotography will prepare, quality-assure and contribute over 500,000 photographic items to Europeana; they represent a selection of the masterpieces of the very beginning of photography.
The consortium includes 19 representatives from 13 Member States. They are leading private and public photographic agencies as well as public institutions and museums.
EuropeanaPhotography will document historical moments of the European life, landscapes and people, home and clothes, social and economic changes. The content will be organized in thematic groups using four categories: places (cities – as the transformation of Paris by Haussmann and of Barcelona by Gaudi -, landscape – as the country side in Europe in the 1800 -, etc…); people (portraits – as Queen Victoria, the Popes, Garibaldi, Coco Chanel etc -, daily life, etc.); events (political events– as la Commune de Paris -, local and civil wars, royal weddings, etc.) and “trends” or “movements“ (industrial revolution, women’s emancipation, artistic movements, geographic explorations, etc.).
EuropeanaPhotography will improve the profile of Europeana under the content and multilingual points of view. In fact, Europeana has an impressive mass of images that usually represent cultural objects like painting, sculptures, and archaeological artefacts, while photographic images, the early ones in particular, are underrepresented. EuropeanaPhotography will fill this gap in.
Another added value of the project is that the metadata will be made available for Europeana in all the 11 languages spoken by the partners.
Finally, the project tackles also the very important issue of the public-private partnership, which has not yet to date been fully explored in Europeana. The private partners participating in the project will demonstrate how they can derive commercial value from participation in Europeana while the public partners will show how to derive benefits from their cooperation with the private sector.