Photographic document as image archival document

Lopez, André P. A. Photographic document as image archival document., 2009 . In 8th Conference on Technical and Filed Related Problems of Traditional and Electronic Archiving, Radenci/Slovenia, 25 - 27 March 2009. [Conference paper]


Download (1MB) | Preview
[img] Microsoft PowerPoint

Download (527kB)

Download (2MB) | Preview
A LOPEZ Maribor 2009.pdf

Download (1MB) | Preview

English abstract

This work aims to discuss how photographic document's specificity needs particular attention when those materials are integrated into an archive. For that, we propose to initially discuss the primary aspects that define an archival document to further on typify contemporary archives and how photographic materials began to be integrated by those institutions. That issue requires a reflection about the relations between photographic image representation and archival documentary authenticity; and between photographic image representation and the alleged "veracity" of the photographic information. The clarification of the problems posed by that discussion achieves the existent contrast between the two main organization models for photographic pictures in archives: by issue topics (of librarian inspiration and greater use) and by context (more adequate to archives). The archival contextualization arises, many times, as the only alternative for the comprehension of dubious images, images with illusion effects, or with extremely generic information. Finally, we present examples of archival organization for the three types of archival photographic materials occurrences: photographic pictures integrated to other documents (e.g. in a dossier); isolated photographic pictures as a final result of an action (e.g. pictures of a public agency’s communication office); as well as photographic pictures gathered as a collection, without any organic relation to an administrative producer. We conclude that archival principles, mainly in the case of photographic picture in archives, are most of the times the only guarantee to a correct comprehension of documents’ meaning.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: Archival Science Image records Organic Information Photograph
Subjects: H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HC. Archival materials.
A. Theoretical and general aspects of libraries and information. > AC. Relationship of LIS with other fields .
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HH. Audio-visual, Multimedia.
D. Libraries as physical collections. > DL. Archives.
J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum. > JB. Serials management.
I. Information treatment for information services > IZ. None of these, but in this section.
Depositing user: André P. A. Lopez
Date deposited: 12 Mar 2009
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:13


ARCHIVO DEL REINO DE GALICIA. Guia de documentos cartográficos (mapas, planos y dibujos) en el Archivo del Reino de Galicia. Santiago de Compostela: Xunta de Galicia, 1995.

DESANTES FERNÁNDEZ, Blanca & CLARES MOLERO, José Luis. Proyecto de descripción de documentación fotográfica en el Archivo Histórico Nacional. Boletín ANABAD. Madrid, v.46, nº1, p.281-296, jan. 1996.

DIGIFOTO: mapeamento e digitalização de documentos fotográficos de Maringá e Região. Brasilia: UnB; Maringá: UEM, 2006. Database in Microsoft Access.

DUBOIS, Philippe. O ato fotográfico e outros ensaios. Papirus: Campinas, 1994. (Ofício da Arte e Forma).

FERNÁNDEZ DURÁN, Juan Antonio et al. Sevilla. 2ª ed. Madrid: INCAFO, 1992.

LACERDA, Aline. A fotografia nos arquivos: a produção de documentos fotográficos da Fundação Rockefeller durante o combate à Febre Amarela no Brasil. Doctoral Degree Thesis. São Paulo: FFLCH-USP, 2008; available at <>

GIL i TORT, Rosa Maria. Organització des fons d’imatges de l’Ajuntament de Figueres. In: JORNADES ANTONI VARÉS, 2ª, 1992. La imatge i la recerca històrica: ponències i comunicacions. Girona: Ajuntament de Girona, 1992; p.170-175.

LOPEZ, André Porto Ancona. Como descrever documentos de arquivo: elaboração de instrumentos de pesquisa. Arquivo do Estado de São Paulo/IMESP. São Paulo, 2002. (Projeto Como Fazer, 6); available at <>.

LOPEZ, André Porto Ancona. Princípios arquivísticos e documentos digitais. Arquivo Rio Claro, Rio Claro, v. 2, p. 70-85, 2004.

MINISTERIO DE EDUCACIÓN, CULTURA Y DEPORTE. Archivo General de la Guerra Civil Española. In: Datos generales de archivos. <>, accessed on Jun. 21, 2000.

MUÑOZ BENAVENTE, Teresa. El patrimonio fotográfico: la fotografía en los archivos. In: MANUAL para el uso de archivos fotográficos: fuentes para la investigación y pautas de conservación de fondos documentales fotográficos. Santander: Universidad de Cantabria; Madrid: Ministerio de Educación y Cultura, 1997; p.37-69.

QUALITY TRADING CO. Amazing Arizona crater optical illusion. In: Optical illusions and illusions art. <>, accessed on May. 26, 2000.

SUÁREZ RODRÍGUEZ, Maria de la O. La colección de tarjetas postales en el Archivo Municipal. In: Catálogo de la colección de postales. La Coruña: AHM,1998.

VAN ES, Hugh. The fall of Saigon. In: The New York Times on the web – Specials: the fall of Saigon. <>, acessed on Jul. 19. 2000.


Downloads per month over past year

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item