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Amsterdam is beautiful in the Springtime! In May I had the wonderful privilege of cycling around the city to and from conference sessions at the Rijksmuseum. I was there to attend the 2+3D Photography – Practice and Prophecies 2017 conference. This is the second time that the Rijksmuseum has hosted the conference and already it [...]

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Earlier this year we were presented with a significant challenge by Simon Vines of Community Mural Projects in Durban. Simon asked us to capture a Dereck Nxumalo painting at archival quality. Capturing paintings at a level that conforms to international digitisation standards is doable for us with our specialised equipment, we have done that on [...]

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At the end of June, the Africa Media Online team was hard at work moving offices. We are still in Pietermaritzburg, but have moved up to the top of a hill overlooking the city to Hilltops Office Park in Clarendon. Apart from the view, what attracted me to the site was the ideal conditions for [...]

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Earlier this year I had the privilege of digitising a fabulous collection from The Slave Lodge at Iziko Museums of Cape Town for the Google Cultural Institute. IsiShweshwe has come to be identified with high-brow indigenous South African fashion. The pattered cloth has been used for centuries in southern Africa at every level of society [...]

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In January 2017 I spent an afternoon at the Rijksmuseum with Duncan Bull, Cecile van der Harten and Peter Gorgels. A South African who has lived in The Netherlands for some decades, Duncan is heading up the curation of the Robert Jacob Gordon Collection as part of the Goede Hoop: South Africa and The Netherlands [...]

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In the first half of 2016, Africa Media Online took delivery of our first InoTec Scamax machine. As an organization we specialize in helping historic or archival organizations build digital collections. In our work, we have often come across collections where there is a large volume of material (read kilometers of shelving in some cases). [...]

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Kingswood College is the first school in Africa to benefit from Africa Media Online’s 100 Megapixel Phase One digital camera. The Africa Media Online team was on site at Kingswood College in Grahamstown for two weeks in June 2016 to capture over 4,700 photographic prints, paintings and building plans. A significant number of the photographic [...]

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In May 2016 I was in Johannesburg to pick up the first 100 Megapixel digital camera back in Africa from Brett May, Phase One’s representative here in Africa. We had purchased the Phase One XF camera with the IQ3 80 Megapixel back toward the end of 2015 and less than a month later Phase One [...]

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The 80th South African Museums Association (SAMA) Conference took place in Pretoria from November 1 – 3, 2016. It was a privilege to be there and witness the commitment and dedication of so many museums professionals to their profession and their community. At the banquet on the final evening, all surviving Presidents of SAMA were [...]

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The Forum for School Museums and Archives (FSMA) will be holding its 2nd National Conference at St Stithians College in Johannesburg on Saturday February 26. The conference starts with a cocktail party at 6 pm on Friday February 25 and there is the option of a tour to Soweto and Johannesburg on Sunday February 27, [...]

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