"All Our Yesterdays": Europeana and the Phenomenology of Photographic Experience through the Framing of Digitization

Fred Truyen, Sofie Taes


EuropeanaPhotography is a CIP project aiming at contributing over 430.000 high-quality early photographic images to Europeana. A consortium consisting of 19 photo agencies, museums and archives - e.g. both private and publically-funded organizations, with the care of photographic heritage as a common goal - will digitize masterpieces from the first 100 years of photography. The project promoter is KU Leuven; the technical coordinator is Promoter srl. This paper will, on the one hand, describe the project as it was conceived and is unfolding as a typical Digital Humanities Project, and on the other hand focus not on strictly technical questions but dig deeper into the core humanities topics at hand, such as the impact of digitization and IPR issues. It will talk about selection, digitization, metadata, preservation and dissemination – with special attention given to the exhibition, which is meant to be attractive as a cultural event for a broad public, but at the same time to spread the Europeana message to European citizens, and to function as a thought-provoking statement, through the radically unconventional way in which the historical photographs are showcased in the exhibition.

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ISSN: 2083-0599 (online); 2082-6923 (print)