Philadelphia Tribune Begins Digitally Archiving and Selling Photos Documenting Black History
(Press Release) PHILADELPHIA, PA, April 11, 2011—The Philadelphia Tribune (www.phillytrib.com), the nation's oldest and the greater Philadelphia region's largest newspaper serving the African-American community, is digitally archiving its entire photographic collection and making the photos from this unique archive available online to the public. The Philadelphia Tribune Photo Archive will be among the largest photography collections available telling the visual story of the African American experience and capturing the region's most compelling events, people and places of the past 125 years.
Philadelphia Tribune is using Advanced Image Archiving (AIA), a new digital image archiving and monetization service—created by a joint venture between Image Fortress and Masterpiece Marketing Group—to digitally preserve and archive its entire historic photographic library of approximately 250,000+ photos. The AIA service is providing the Philadelphia Tribune with a seamless service that integrates all aspects of the digital archiving of this collection with the marketing of first edition prints and reproductions to collectors worldwide, to members of the greater Philadelphia community and to a global community that previously has had no access to these culturally and historically significant photographs. The paper's Philly Connection website will provide online access to high quality first edition, collector's edition and reproduction prints, bringing to the public online access to over two hundred thousand never-before-published photographs. The collection contains photos from events dating back to the paper's founding in the 19th century and includes photos of significant historical events of African American significance such as images from the First World War among numerous other key national and regional events covered by the Philadelphia Tribune since its founding in 1884.
"This is an exciting time to partner with Image Fortress and Masterpiece Marketing Group to archive this unique photographic collection and make them accessible to the public for the first time," said Robert Bogle, Philadelphia Tribune's President and CEO. "These photos reflect the life and experiences of the African American community in both America and in the Philadelphia region."