The History and Cultivation of Photo Archiving


A photo archive is defined as a collection of photos put together by a person or organization. If you think about it, humans have been archiving photos practically since the beginning of cameras!


The archiving process varies for businesses, consumers, and organizations . Some institutions, such as libraries, universities, and institutes, see archiving as a vital aspect to research. As the years pass and the amount of records, books, and photos grows, the spaces available to hold them cannot keep up with the volumes. Creating a digital copy are seen as “faithful reproductions,” of the physical copy.


For us, archiving family photos goes beyond research. It’s about preserving a legacy interwoven across time and regions. What once was simply a name on the family tree comes alive with a single picture. That messy album with loose pictures represents generations of laughter, loss and love.



What all archival practices have in common is the need for organization. When was the photo taken? What medium was used? What does the photo depict? These questions and many more come to mind before choosing how to go about the archiving process.


Those processes are certain to change over time. For instance, we are able to store more images than ever. And thanks to digital imaging, researchers are able to pinpoint specific characterizations in images that help with research methods.


At Ambrosia Archiving, we embrace the newest technologies - especially color restoration - when it comes to photo archiving. As experts in the field, we are passionate about preserving images through our archiving skills and processes!



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