The NFSA’s still image collection includes over 90,000 photographs, 80,000 transparencies, 8,000 posters, 7,000 negatives, and many more items such as glass slides, strip negatives, printed scripts and publicity material.
This significant collection of non-audiovisual items supports and complements the NFSA’s film, sound and broadcast material. Still images are an important resource for researchers, broadcast producers, filmmakers, advertisers and publicists.
The work of our expert imaging specialists, part of our Collections Conservation team, includes:
In addition to providing timely and efficient response to client requests, our imaging specialists are responsible for:
Equipment used by the team includes:
By creating digital surrogates of items from our documentation collection we can reduce the risk of damage to the original item resulting from frequent access. It also provides us with a back-up copy of the original, which serves as a partial record if the original is ever lost. Digitisation provides a visual display format for easy use on our website and online catalogue, providing easier access to, and use of, items in the collection.
Master copies are not manipulated - they represent the original item as accurately as possible including flaws. Co-master or derivative files can be manipulated as required. For example, if a water-stained still image is required for publication, we can utilise software to reduce or remove the marks.