The Recovery of Commercial Photographic Archives through the Construction of Online Databases: The Teófilo Rego Archive as a Case Study

By Graça Barradas and Miguel Silva Graça.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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Digitization is currently one of the most effective means of preserving and publicizing photographic archives, particularly in the case of private collections, whose consultation is often restricted or even prohibited to the general public. The Teófilo Rego Archive, acquired by the Manuel Leão Foundation in 1998, is a Portuguese photographic fond which was, until recently, practically unknown. As is the case with other Portuguese photographic archives that have been recovered in the past, such as those of Estúdio Mário Novais, Foto Beleza, and Casa Alvão, the Teófilo Rego archive has been chosen as the case study of a research project entitled “Photography, Modern Architecture and the «Escola do Porto»”. This project focuses on the study of architectural photography, with around 5,000 negatives being selected for the purpose of building an online public access database. The aim of this article is to reflect on the objectives of this project and its procedures in contrast to the wider background of the recovery of archives of 20th century commercial photographic studios in Portugal.

Keywords: Image Archiving, Photography, Databases

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 5, Issue 2, August 2014, pp.15-23. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: August 21, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 594.739KB)).

Graça Barradas

Research Fellow, The Arnaldo Araújo Studies Centre, The Arts School of Porto, Porto, Portugal

Miguel Silva Graça

Principal Investigator / Research Fellow, The Arnaldo Araújo Studies Centre, The Arts School of Porto, Porto, Portugal