Fairfax Media’s valuable photo archives under threat after Rogers Photo Archive goes into receivership

Thousands of historic photos are in limbo as Fairfax Media tries to save its valuable archive after the US company that holds them went into receivership.

It seemed like a brilliant deal for Fairfax Media, which had to find a way to save its valuable archival photos from deteriorating but could not spend a fortune doing it.

Rogers Photo Archive in Little Rock, Arkansas, offered the solution.

That company would digitise the photos, add metadata for easy searching and then return an online accessible version to Fairfax — taking an ageing and deteriorating archive and giving the cash-strapped media company a digital library in return.

For its efforts Rogers Photo Archive would be able to sell the originals and make a profit. Except it did not.

Source: Radio Australia

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