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Uniquely within the Netherlands, Leiden University Library also collects objects to document the technical development of photography. Hundreds of historical cameras are part of the colletion, as well as darkroom and finishing equipment (light meters, developing trays, color filters, drying racks, etcetera), projectors, magic lanterns and their slides, stereoscopic viewers, etcetera. Besides technology for the production of photography, the technology collection contains equipment of photostudios like posing stools, backdrops, lamps and the famous nineteenth-century neck clutches (to keep the model still during long exposure times).

Search in the Catalogus for photographs and photographica, for digital versions, for collection descriptions and for online exhibitions. Use Digital Special Collections for the viewing of digitized photographs  and photographica.