for cultural heritage imaging professionals

Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)


The AHFAP Committee has devised a framework for the creation of Special Interest Groups (SIG) within the association. This will enable members who have specific interests in an aspect of our work to group together and focus on them in detail. Please read the framework below then contact the Committee if you wish to start a SIG.

The following is the AHFAP Framework for the operation of SIGs.

• Members wishing to start a SIG should inform the AHFAP committee before proceeding

• The AHFAP committee can dissolve and regulate any SIG that operates as an AHFAP SIG at any time

• The SIG would be subject to AHFAP’s constitution

• A SIG should be managed by a Chair and a Secretary who should be elected at the AHFAP AGM for a period of two years

• The SIG Chair should report SIG activities to the AHFAP committee and the Secretary should arrange the publication of minutes of meetings on the AHFAP website

• If the AHFAP committee does not receive reports after a period of one year, the SIG will be considered as disbanded

• SIGs are open to all AHFAP members to join

• All SIGs should report their membership list to the membership secretary annually

• All SIG functions and events should be held under the AHFAP banner

The aims of any SIG should be clearly defined and published on the AHFAP website

Libraries & Archives Group

Image Standards Working Group

Image Standards Working Group


This Special Interest Group focuses on photography and imaging within the libraries and archives sector

Image Standards Working Group

Image Standards Working Group

Image Standards Working Group


This Special Interest Group focuses on better understanding of the various worldwide imaging standards, such as FADGI, Metamorfoze and ISO 19264.


Library and Archives Imaging Group


The Libraries and Archives Imaging Group (LAIG) exists to provide a place for Imaging professionals to get together and get over excited about Library and Archive collections, and the challenges associated with photographing them. 

We meet twice a year, each institution take a turn to host, and the meeting is bookended with an informal networking dinner and drinks (non-compulsory, although always very well attended) and a studio tour of the host institution. During the formal meeting the group discuss an official agenda, usually topics cover technical issues and equipment, standards and service developments, and strategic projects. Whilst the informal elements of the meeting provide an opportunity for more detailed, and smaller group, conversations on specific issues, and a chance to develop professional networks and relationships.

The group is open, by request, to AFHAP members and organisations that are working within the Library and Archive sector as Imaging specialists. Please get in touch with the Chair of the group if you wish to request to join. 


SIG Chair
Gwen Riley Jones
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SIG Secretary
Laurie Auchterlonie
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Current Membership List

The Bodleian Library, The British Library, Cambridge University Library, John Rylands Library, London Metropolitan Archives, National Archives, Ireland, National Archives, UK, National Library of Ireland, National Library of Scotland, National Library of Wales, Parliamentary Archives, UK, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Trinity College, Dublin, University College London, University of Edinburgh, University of York, Wellcome Trust, Postal Museum and the University of Glasgow.


Imaging Standards Working Group

Not affiliated with any equipment or software manufacturer, or to one single imaging standard, and with members from a range of UK institutions, the AHFAP Imaging Standards Working Group aims to make imaging standards such as FADGI, Metamorfoze and ISO19264 comprehensible and accessible to all cultural heritage photographers. The groups focus is on the practical implementation of imaging standards in cultural heritage studios and aims to publish guidance and tuition for all AHFAP members in the near future. The group proposes an open-source approach to imaging standards to improve the quality, efficiency and consistency of output no matter the budget, kit or software. The group is currently open, by request, but limited to 10 AHFAP members that are actively using, testing or implementing FADGI, Metamorfoze and ISO19264. 


SIG Chair
Andrew Bruce
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SIG Secretary
Tony Harris
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