Smithsonian Acquires Lifetouch Donation for Photographic History Collection

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History recently received a donation of historic materials from Lifetouch Inc. as part of its effort to record the history of photography. Lifetouch, an employee-owned photography company, specializes in portraiture at schools, studios and churches. The donation includes two cameras, patent drawings and interviews with the inventors that will complement the museum’s collection of some 15,000 pieces of photographic apparatus and more than 200,000 photographs. Lifetouch has donated a Micro-Z and a TruView camera system, both patented in the early 1980s. The Micro-Z camera exposed a bar code and student information on the negative, simplifying the process of matching a student with a picture. The TruView camera also exposed bar codes on the negative but additionally allowed a customer to preview a digital image before the film image was developed. N