The Newspaper and Photos project


Noord-Hollands Archief, Groninger Archieven, Sioux, Picturae & KB published together a whitepaper about image recognition on press photos. It’s a report with their lessons learned within a short research project which became a use case for the Dutch AI Coalition.

Nowadays, both the newspaper and the original photo series of the press photographer can often be found in digitised form. But searching for these sources and making connections between them is still manual work. With the help of AI, the collections can be connected and we can use image recognition to link thousands of newspaper photos with the whole series of photos in press photo archives. The aim of the project is that users start with the photo in the newspaper and with one mouse click end up with all associated photos in the press photo archive, in order to discover and tell stories in new ways.

From March 2022, users can submit a search query on, where the technology is included in a search engine. For the time being, these are photos from the 1970s from three Dutch newspapers Nieuwsblad van het Noorden, IJmuider Courant and Haarlems Dagblad.

More information about the project and the whitepaper [Dutch] is available on Zenodo.