May 24, 2022

Oregon: The Portland Art Museum Digitizes Its Collections With Hi-Res Photographs

From The Oregonian:

The Portland Art Museum has begun a large-scale project to document its artwork with high-resolution digital photographs. Documenting its collection with photographs is nothing new. The museum has boxes of black-and-white negatives, slides and transparencies going back decades. What’s new is putting digital photos online for everyone to see, from fourth-graders to Korean scholars. With a couple of clicks, an entire collection — Northwest art or Native American art, for example — can be available, instead of a fraction of it because of limited gallery space. Only 5 percent of the museum’s 43,000 objects are ever on view.


But photos are only the beginning. Curators will also provide links to the wide world of online information.


The process at PAM began three years ago when initial state funding allowed the museum to hire additional staff for the project. It’s not cheap. So far, funds total $631,000, Urquhart says, and come from the state’s CHAMP program ($461,000 from Culture, Heritage, Art, Movies, Preservation), the Institute of Museum and Library Services ($150,000) and the National Endowment for the Arts ($20,000).

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See Also: Learn About “Object Stories” at The Portland Art Museum

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