Thursday, 10 February 2011

Africa through a lens

Africa through a lens is a set of thousands of images taken from a broader photographic collection of Foreign and Commonwealth Office images, held at The National Archives. Starting with some incredible early photographs from the 1860s, the images span over 100 years of African history. These images are now available, for the first time, to view online at

The website includes podcasts looking at the origins and aims of the project; a focus on Nigeria; Africa through a lens, discussing photography and image making; and finally a podcast on conserving the images. Users can tag images on Flickr to add information about these as not all are captioned, and the captions are representative of the time they were taken (and not necessarily captions we would use today).

Particular strengths in coverage include South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, Kenya, Zanzibar and Tanzania

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