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One Million Historical Photographs Digitized

Frankfurt, 20 December 2012


A wealth of European culture and heritage went online in December 2012 when nine European News Agencies joined forces to put their historical archives online on www.europeana.eu as well as on its commercial portal, www.europhoto.eu.com, the world’s first historical photo journalism site. The EURO-Photo consortium consists of ANSA in Italy, belga in Belgium, dpa in Germany, EFE in Spain, Lusa in Portugal, MTI in Hungary, PAP in Poland, Scanpix in Denmark and epa worldwide.


Europeana is a platform for the exchange of knowledge among librarians, curators, archivists, creative industries and the public. It is a single access point to millions of images, books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records that have been digitized throughout Europe. Endorsed by the European Commission, Europeana is a prestigious initiative and is a means to stimulate creative economy and promote cultural tourism.

In a common project, the EURO-Photo consortium have gone a step further and created a comprehensive historical photo archive especially for their customers on www.europhoto.eu.com. This fantastic source of 20th century European historical photographs, many of which have never seen the light of day before, capture events that shaped history – be it news items, politics, sport, culture, entertainment or ordinary daily life in different eras. The EURO-Photo platform contains historic moments of European history such as the Carnation Revolution in Portugal, the Chernobyl disaster, King Leopold abdication in Belgium, Allied Forces in post-war Germany, and even going back to cultural events such as the first performance of Henrik Ibsen's plays in 1880's in Copenhagen.

For epa customers the collection will be available at www.epa.eu.



About epa: epa was founded by seven major Western European photo agencies and officially started on January 1, 1985. The vision of the founders was driven by the demand for an independent quality world picture service originally designed for the needs of the European media market. In 2003, epa took a second step forward and went global. Today's epa picture service is based both on the broad network of epa's staff photographers all over the world and on the daily production of its member agencies, which are all market leaders in their respective countries. epa photos have been awarded prestigious prizes in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa.


European UnionThe EURO-Photo project has been co-funded under the ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme by the European Community




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