Welcome to Euro-Photo projectThe Euro-Photo project is funded by the ICT Policy Support Programme of the European Union, that aims at stimulating innovation and competitiveness through the wider uptake and best use of ICT by citizens, governments and businesses.
The project aims to digitise historical pictures from the archives of 10 leading European News Agencies (150.000 picture to be digitalised during the project about 15.000 for each partner) and make them available to Europeana (www.europeana.eu), together with a huge number of their historical pictures already digitalised and captioned.
Pictures in these huge archives are among the most valuable historical documents of the last century. They record the major domestic and international events (political, social, cultural, sporting), celebrities and daily life from the turn of the century to the mid 1990.
The project aims at developing a unique pan-European press photo historical archive available and usable by European Citizens through Europeana, which is a common multilingual access point to Europe's distributed digital cultural heritage. At present this content is not available to citizens (except in The Netherlands) and it could be considered as never published and known. In past communist countries a huge quantity of pictures was censored: a significant amount of these pictures are now already available in digital format, others will be digitised during the project. It is the first time that this kind of content will be accessible at European level and not at only a national one.
Europeana is a single access point to more than 20 millions of books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records that have been digitised throughout Europe. It is an authoritative source of information coming from European cultural and scientific institutions.
EURO-Photo project was completed in December 2012. At present more than 900,000 pictures are available to European citizens through Europeana. EURO-Photo pictures are also available for professional pictures buyers at www.europhoto.eu.com and through partner agencies' distribution systems (see contacts).