I’m Steve Ciaschi, Head Librarian at the Associated Press Photo Library, where I’ve worked for three decades. Ask me Anything.
I started working at the AP Photo Library in the late 1980s, when photojournalists still shot film that had to be processed, printed and transmitted on a drum scanner from a local AP bureau. A lot has changed in the last 30 years, with the advent of digital cameras, storage, remote transmission and, of course, the internet. Since everything is now shot and stored electronically, the physical AP Photo Collection of negatives and prints is no longer growing, but is, in itself, an artifact frozen in time. The emphasis now is to maintain, curate and digitize the collection, which represents the history of the 20th Century. I’m happy to answer your questions about AP’s archive of images, then and now.
UPDATE: OK, I’m going to wrap up now. Thanks so much for joining me and asking so many great questions! Just a reminder that you can go to AP Images to explore some of AP’s photo archive: http://www.apimages.com/