How We Work
Memoria Abierta Photographic Archive Oral Archive Documentary Heritage Topography of Memory

Since the beginning of the last military dictatorship, human rights violations have been the target of clandestine photographic shots that document, in whatever way possible, the aberrations committed during the years of terror.

Today we remember with blurred and fragmentary images the history that can be narrated through thousands of photographs that the Photographic Archive gathers and organizes to facilitate their consultation and increase access to them.

The collection of images for this archive began with the documentary collections of the organizations that comprise Memoria Abierta. These photographs tell the story of a common search that became visible and today has been transformed into an icon of our recent history.

The personal archives have a special value for us because they allow us to access from another direction the history of the human rights movement, a history interwoven between private and public spaces.

So that our archive could give testimony to processes and not only moments, it was necessary to complete a chronological index of the central events of our history. This was possible through the inclusion of photographs taken by professional reporters that have been preserved as a part of the archives of graphic mass media and information agencies.

We are currently working on the ordering of the existing collections and in the incorporation of new ones. In this way we satisfy the everyday consultations of those who approach the archive to incorporate images into their books, research, audiovisual productions, or simply to incorporate images into their knowledge of the recent past.

How we work

We make contact with the photographs that could form part of the archive.
We request a loan of the photographs.
We reproduce the photos on paper and digitalize them.
We make a register of each photograph, with information referring to their format, history, and content.
The photographs return to their archives and private collections.
Throughout the process, the materials are treated in accordance with the technical norms that guarantee their preservations.

The digitalized images are organized in an informational database that facilitates their access and permits a fast and efficient search.