Documenting and Publishing Iraqi Museum Collections

In response to urgent requests from colleagues at museums in the Middle East, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Columbia University are engaged in a multi-year effort to equip, train, and provide ongoing support for the complete photographic documentation of museum collections throughout Iraq and the publication of those collections.

The partners have designed a portable kit containing all of the camera and lighting equipment, electronics, software, and power required for high-quality photography of heritage objects and delivered equipment and training to dozens of Iraqi professionals, who are now documenting and publishing their holdings. The rich catalogs they create will help protect against loss from looting and allow the museums to share their collections widely.

Project Details


Location: Iraq, Syria, Middle East, Asia Organiser(s): The Metropolitan Museum of Art Project partner(s): Columbia University, Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage, Iraqi Ministry of Culture, ACOR Jordan Funder(s): Whiting Foundation Funding received: $470,604 Commencement Date: 03/2012 Project Status: Active
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