The Helsinki City Museum has made a treasure trove of historic photos available to the public for free credited use via its new online service, Helsinkiphotos.fi. The service makes it possible to browse or search a collection of over 45,000 photographs and download high resolution, print-quality images or smaller images. It is also possible to order customized photographic products, such as posters, from the collection’s images.
Visitors to the site are free to use the downloaded images as long as they credit the Helsinki City Museum and the photographer. The use of photos with images of people for commercial purposes is prohibited.
The collection includes all of the iconic photos taken in the capital city by the now-famous photographer Signe Brander over one hundred years ago. The important collections of 1970s Helsinki from Simo and Eeva Rista are also part of the collection.
The Helsinki City Museum is the first Finnish museum to open its high-resolution digitalized photo collection for the public to use freely. It plans to add to the Helsinkiphotos.fi collection as staff completes the digitalization of the rest of the pictures in its collection.
A similar joint service called Finna.fi combines photos from museums, libraries and archives in one location. It too contains over 100,000 National Board of Antiquities images that are free to browse. Many museums in the service also offer the opportunity to order print-quality images and purchase image rights for an additional charge.