Digitize and sell?

Am I reading this correctly? The Chicago Tribune is slowly digitizing all of their original photographs (all well and good) and then selling off all the prints, via http://tribunephotos.com?

Chicago Tribune Begins Digitizing and Selling Archive Photographs. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 2, 2010 — The Chicago Tribune, one of the nation’s leading daily newspapers, has begun digitally archiving their extensive photo library, which includes historic photos and negatives dating back to the nineteenth century, and making the original vintage archive photos available to collectors once re-archived in digital form.

I feel two very different ways about this. On one hand, once you’ve scanned and stored and cataloged the digital image, and backed it up to high heaven, you’ve got it, right? On the other hand… really? Just sell all the originals off? I don’t know.

3 thoughts on “Digitize and sell?

  1. While it is difficult for some to think about the idea of breaking up the archive and selling the photos one by one, most of these photos have been hidden away in folders and not looked at for many decades. A large portion of our buyers are museums, organizations and individual collectors and enthusiasts that are thrilled to have the opportunity to add these amazing photographs to their special interest collections. For them, this is the treasure hunt of a lifetime. We hear story after story from our buyers about the photos they buy and the personal significance these photos hold for them. It’s great to see these photos getting the admiration and attention they deserve after sitting in a file cabinet collecting dust for so long. Just another though on the topic.
    Eric – Tribune Photo Archives

  2. Eric, thanks for commenting. That’s additional information that wasn’t clear in the original article: who is buying these prints? And where were the prints before? I also couldn’t get a clear read on the database that will be created of the digitized images. Is it to be something internal, or shared with the public in some way?

  3. Eric, thanks for commenting. That’s additional information that wasn’t clear in the original article: who is buying these prints? And where were the prints before? I also couldn’t get a clear read on the database that will be created of the digitized images. Is it to be something internal, or shared with the public in some way?

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