I'm sure it's not often that the curator of a state government museum contacts you and believes you have images that they consider of historical importance.
This was the case recently when I was contacted by the curator of the State Library of Western Australia after one of my dingo images that was featured in the "Weekend Australian" (see previous blog post) caught his eye. After some enquiries were made and certain images were flagged to be acquired, I had to decide if I was prepared for the library to take possession of high-resolution Tiff files of some of my most cherished images.
The library keeps the high-resolution files in a digital archive and produces a much smaller file that can be downloaded by the general public for personal use. For this reason, the images that I have agreed to be acquired will be open edition prints in my print shop as they can be accessed through the library albeit as small files that cannot be printed from. I still believe, even though prints will not be made from these files, the image is accessible and therefore should not be included in my limited edition print shop.
See the collage below with sample images of those acquired by the museum.
I feel honoured that the state library considers my images to be of historical value and are worth keeping in their digital archives forever!