The Netherlands National News Agency (ANP) collection is based on the photos taken by its regular photographers. In the past these journalists made hundreds of press photos every month that were sent to daily and weekly papers. Every day news items both from within Holland and abroad, involving such varied subjects as politics, sport, economics, the Royal Family, disasters, daily life or entertainment, were immortalised in beautiful photographs.
The black and white negatives created by the ANP were archived by date and glued in large hand-made scrapbooks. The ANP has 880 scrapbooks containing more than 350.000 photos, and filing cabinets with around half a million negatives in them! Picturae digitised 25.000 negatives and 42 scrapbooks and provided them with metadata in less than a year. The digital collection was then published on the website 'Het geheugen van Nederland' (The memory of Holland).
A scrapbook may not seem to be the ideal way to archive a collection. However, if the history and the main focus of the ANP is taken into account, it becomes easier to understand why this method was chosen. The Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau was founded in 1934 by ninety-two Dutch newspapers. Since its foundation, the ANP has taken on the task of delivering objective news, and has consequently created a purpose-built archive. The ANP also has a radio news service. After the Second World War, they started their own photography service using glass, celluloid and polyester negatives as well as slides from 1934 until 1996. Since then, the ANP has continued this service using digital cameras. Thanks to Picturae, an important part of more than fifty years of ANP photos has been preserved.
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