Photographic Archival Recordings

The purpose of the photographic archival record is to produce a permanent evidentiary testament of heritage places in their current condition. The record normally precedes demolition or substantial modification. The process involves digital photography printed on archive-fast papers using special processing chemicals to a standard requiring a minimum of one hundred year’s durability. Each photograph is indexed to a floor plan showing the precise position from where the photograph is taken and the direction in which the camera is pointed. Each photograph is indexed to a schedule describing the direction relative to north in which the photographer positioned the view. The schedule describes the content or objects depicted in each photograph. Thus collectively the printed images, the floor plans and the schedules, provide precise information about materials, structures and spaces in and around the heritage building as a permanent visual record. The information is then gathered by local studies collections, state libraries or general documentary archives. In this fashion, information pertaining to historical places is retained photographically for the benefit of researchers and members of the public who are interested in the information provided by such records.


Heritage 21 has undertaken more than 60 Photographic Archival Record reports since starting its consultancy in 1994 and is therefore well placed to assist you with all your documentary needs.



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