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Vatican digitizing more than 7 million photo negatives

historic Vatican photosFor years, the Vatican newspaper has been capturing snapshots from public and private moments of popes.

The priest Giuseppe Colombara is director of photographic services for L'Osservatore Romano. Being aware of the heritage that the Vatican newspaper has on hand, he decided to make the jump into new technologies and digitize its more than seven million negatives so that the images can be preserved for future generations.

The ambitious project is being financed by two sponsors who donated 2 million Euros.  The work will take about 5 years.

Direct light is also a damaging agent of photographs, so special rooms for processing will be constructed.

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