Open Photography Collections

Vintage colors before the war

Our Open Photography Collections store digital photographs—born digital items and digital surrogates of analogue prints, slides or negatives—, catalogue them to a high standard, and connect them to locations, buildings, people and other things via linked open data (semantic web) techniques. Whenever possible, we aim to make a preview (low resolution) or a high-resolution digital copy available.
  • Photography as documentation for other music, film, folklore, architecture or other collections.
  • Private photography
  • Art photography
  • Early and historic photography

Listen Local Photography Project & Collection

The Listen Local Photography Collection is a part of our Open Photography Collection. It is mainly, however, a supporting collection of our Open Music Collection, particularly that of the Listen Local Music programme. This is an ongoing project.

The aim of the collection:

  • Document contemporary and historic music scenes and ecosystems.
  • Provide at least one Free Cultural Works for encyclopedias, music resources, blogs, website about artists, musicians, musicologists and key persons in music scenes.
  • Aim to include some high quality works of photographers to promote portrait and stage photography.

Airu at Linecheck, Milano in 2022

See the Listen Local Photography collection definition.

How to participate in the project?

Open Foto Ateliers Collection

Our use case is a collection that connects early private photographs of known and unknown subjects, the person of the photographer, the atelier (and company) of the photographer, the building, the internal or external view of the historic photographic creation location, connected to the digitised advertisement, placed on Open Street Maps, Google Maps or historical maps.

Baross utca 61., Schmidt Ede fényképészeti műterme. (Historic name: Stáczió utcza or ucca) Fortepan [81342]( See in [case study](/collections/openfotoateliers/).
Baross utca 61., Schmidt Ede fényképészeti műterme. (Historic name: Stáczió utcza or ucca) Fortepan 81342. See in case study.

This is a use case for open collaboration in terms of linking collections, and linking their catalogues, and placing them on global knowledge graphs for content and knowledge exchange.

See the Open Foto Ateliers collection definition.