Flickr and SmugMug create foundation to preserve cultural photographic legacies

The Flickr Foundation archives
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Popular online photography platform Flickr, now owned by SmugMug, has announced the establishment of a nonprofit organization in the form of The Flickr Foundation – an attempt to preserve cultural and historical legacies within the medium and practice of photography.

This organization aims to not only protect and preserve online images that hold historical and cultural importance, but also promote access to these images as an accessible resource for future generations and students.

Martin Luther King press conference - 1964 Mar. 26. (Image credit: The Flickr Foundation / The Library of Congress)
Tlingit woman named Kaw-Claa wearing her potlatch dancing costume, Alaska, 1906. (Image credit: The Flickr Foundation / University of Washington Libraries. Digital Collections / Photographer: Nowell, Frank H.)
The yeoman farmer Ollas Per Persson in Almo, Dalecarlia. Born in 1866. (Image credit: The Flickr Foundation / Swedish National Heritage Board / Photographer: Einar Erici)

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.