Standards > Architectural Photography
"At the professional as well as the amateur level, photography
is the most popular means of documenting structures. Photography
is the least expensive, fastest, and easiest method of documentation.
But photographs are also taken when measured drawings and histories
are prepared. In such situations, photographs complement the
other work. Photographs are more easily understood and can convey
information not normally included in the other forms of documentation.
"A photograph can convey three-dimensional qualities, spatial
relationships, current conditions, texture, and context..."
Lebovich, William L. , "Chapter 4: Photography," in Burns,
John A., editor Recording Historic Structures, Washington,
DC: The American Institute of Architects Press, 1989.
HABS/HAER Recording Standards,
Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American
Engineering Record (HAER), National Park Service.
Data Fields for Images
Provide the following information on each photograph. Otherwise
provide an identification/accession number on each photograph
and contain the information below in the inventory list:
- Organization (if applicable)
- Structure and Location (address)
- Interior: Floor, Room, Elevation, Orientation
- Element/Detail, Scale, Materials (where applicable)
- Exterior: Elevation, Orientation, Element/Detail, Scale
- Materials (where applicable)
- Date of Photograph: Month/Day/Year
- Name of Photographer (Year © Name of Photographer),
- Reference to accompanying drawings, reports, site conditions
- Measurements: scale, color
- Numbering, if part of a series
- Identification/Accession Number
Note: orientation refers to compass direction of camera
Archival Images (added fields)
- Photograph ID
- Original negative ID
- Copy Negative ID
to Improve the Quality of Photographs for National Register
Nominations (NR Bulletin #23), by
Frederic J. Athearn including On the Road by Jeff Dean
1979, National Register Program, National Park Service.
Besser, Howard and Jennifer Trant, Introduction
to Imaging: Issues in Constructing an Image Database (online
Standards and Digital Resource Management Program, Getty
Conservation Institute, J. Paul Getty Trust, 1995.