العربية

Frequently Asked Questions





THE COLLECTION     |     IMAGE USE     |     VISITING US     |     MISCELLANEOUS





THE COLLECTION


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Is the AIF's entire collection available online?
No. The AIF's preservation, digitization and documentation activities are ongoing. Users will be notified when new items are published online.

Is it OK to use images of items from the AIF collection?
Yes, images can be used free of charge for personal/individual research, educational and artistic use. Please refer to the Image Use Policy for detailed information. For commercial use, permission must be sought and a fee will apply.

What if I need an image that is not available online, or not available in high enough resolution?
You can write to us at imaging@arabimagefoundation.org

Do you loan items in your collection?
Original items can be loaned to institutions and museums that can ensure adequate environments in terms of security, climate control, light control, and suitable handling. Existing reproductions of items in the collection can be loaned to spaces with uncontrolled environments. The AIF can also handle requests for new reproductions, for a fee.



IMAGE USE


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Please begin by consulting our Image Use Policy for detailed information regarding image use.
I'm not sure if my intended image use is commercial or non-commercial.
Commercial use, as defined by Creative Commons, means "reproducing a work in any manner that is primarily intended for or directed toward commercial advantage or monetary compensation". Please email us if you are unsure if your use is constituted as commercial.

Why don’t the images on the website use Creative Commons or a standard licence?
All items in the collection, to our knowledge, are under copyright so we cannot use Creative Commons Licenses. We continue to evaluate images to determine if any items could be out of copyright. We hope to eventually use standard, machine readable licences for the images, but for now, please read the Image Use Policy to understand how they can be used or licenced.

I've downloaded an image from your website. What is the largest size at which I can print it?
The images currently are downloadable as PDF files which include the image and the metadata text.
The maximum print output size is: 20x30 cm at 72dpi.
To request a larger file, please submit an image request.

Can I reproduce a detail of an image?
Yes, providing you identify the image as a detail in the caption or credit.

Do I need to inform you before reproducing an image from your collection?
If in a non-commercial setting, no. But, the AIF is interested in studying and following the journeys of the items in its collection.
We would very much like to receive information about the context of reproduction and dissemination of an image. All such information will be added to an item's biography, and displayed on the item record page.
We would also appreciate a complimentary copy of your work (in digital and physical format) as a donation to our Library and Documentation Centre.
Use of an image in a commercial context must be requested via the Image Request form.

I'd like to reproduce an image from your website that isn't part of your collection.
Please contact us: hello@arabimagefoundation.org

As an artist, if I use an image from the AIF collection as part of a work and then sell it, does this constitute commercial use?
It depends. Please review the Image Use Policy for more details. If you are not sure, please send us an email so we can help you.

What does the take-down policy in your image use policy mean?
Copyright owners of photographs, or individuals portrayed in a photograph or otherwise possessing a connection to a photograph are invited to contact the AIF if they come across a reproduction of the photograph, reproduced in such a way as to be in breach of copyright laws, or potentially contravening privacy laws, or defamatory, or lacking sensitivity to issues of context. In such an event, the AIF takes responsibility for making initial contact with the individual or institution responsible for the reproduction and requesting the removal of the image from its context, or in the case of already produced works, the non-circulation of said work.



VISITING US


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Where are you and what are your opening hours?
Please check the Visit Us page for more information.

Can I bring a large group to the AIF?
Yes, but you should schedule your visit. See Group visits for more information.

Do you offer activities for children?
Yes. Check our Engage page.



MISCELLANEOUS


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I am the custodian of an archive or collection of photographs. Can I donate them to the AIF and what is the procedure?
We do accept donations.
Contact us at: collections@arabimagefoundation.org

Does the AIF consider submissions by contemporary photographers and artists?
Yes, please write to us: hello@arabimagefoundation.org

How can I stay up to date with the AIF?
Sign up to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

How can I make a financial contribution?
Donations can be made directly through the website or by wire transfer. Visit our Support page for more information.

What is your legal status?
The Arab Image Foundation is a non-profit association registered in Beirut under the number 3275/2 in 1997.

Do you receive government funding?
No. See our Support page for details of our current donors.

I am an artist / researcher / academic / curator and I'd like to propose a project or undertake a residency.
Please get in touch, we'd be happy to discuss current possibilities.

I'd like more information about a photograph or photographer in your collection.
Please contact us: hello@arabimagefoundation.org

How do you translate "Arab Image Foundation"?
Arabic: المؤسسة العربية للصورة
French: Fondation Arabe pour l'Image
Spanish: Fundacion Arabe para la Imagen

We are sometimes asked whether the word "Arab" in our name describes the images, or the foundation. As these translations show, the answer is that it is in fact the foundation to which the word "Arab" refers.

Can I reproduce text from your website?
You can reproduce the metadata from the items which is licenced under Creative Commons Licence CC BY SA (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International).