Visual Media Unit

State Library of Queensland's visual media staff use a range of photographic techniques involving traditional and digital processes to preserve and make accessible Queensland's pictorial and heritage collections. We also build on SLQ's historical collections by photographing locations and events to form an on-going pictorial record.

Original materials made accessible include:

  • photographs
  • glass plate negatives
  • lantern slides
  • photographic albums
  • maps
  • art works
  • paintings.

Locations and events are photographed because:

  • they are historically important
  • they are culturally significant
  • they risk being lost or removed from location
  • they are unique to Queensland
  • the event or happening is unlikely to be repeated.

Our photographers are skilled in traditional and modern digital photographic techniques and their work adheres to recognised archival standards. This ensures the preservation of, and future access to, SLQ's pictorial and heritage collections.

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