Badge and equipment for Mark Avino, Office of Printing and Photographic Services photographer, at the 20th anniversary of the Festival of American Folklife. Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image # 86-7101-02.

Freeze Frame (Freeze Frame)!

It's National Photography Month at the Archives!

At the Archives we get to see hundreds and hundreds (technically ~3 million if we wanted) images and photographs. We sometimes lose focus (ahh, get it) of all the amazing people behind the lens. In honor of May being National Photography Month, let’s look at the people who have made some of our amazing photographs.

So let's enjoy pictures of photographers taking pictures!

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Badge and equipment for Mark Avino, Office of Printing and Photographic Services photographer, at the 20th anniversary of the Festival of American Folklife. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Image no. 86-7101-02.

United States National Museum photographer, believed to be Thomas William Smillie, shoots objects from overhead. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Image no. MAH-4455.

Jeff Tinsley and Dale Hrabak, photographers for Office of Printing and Photographic Services, in helicopter. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Image no. 83-6413-04.

Alice Paul Memorial March in Washington, D.C., August 26, 1977, with Smithsonian Photographic Services (SPS) staff. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Image no. 77-11629-17.

Alice Paul Memorial March in Washington, D.C., August 26, 1977, with Smithsonian photographic services staff. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Image no. 77-11640-21.

Smithsonian Institution staff photographers, (l-r): Jeff Tinsley, Richard K. Hofmeister, Jeff Ploskonka and Dane Penland, whose work was on view in the SITES exhibition, "Vietnam Veterans Memorial: A National Experience" gather at the wall. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Image no. 86-12516-03.

Donation of six of the earliest drawings of Mickey Mouse as "Steamboat Willie" (1928) to the National Museum of American History (NMAH), with Michael Eisner, CEO of Walt Disney Co., Roy Disney, nephew of Walt Disney, Roger Kennedy, NMAH Director, Smithsonian photographers and Mickey Mouse, on his 60th birthday. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Image no. 88-18757-09.

Photographer Kjell Sandved Captures Close Up Views in a Pond. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Image no. 96-927.

Don Hulbert,Photographer with NMNH with Michael Barnes, Digital Imaging and Priniting Specialist, and Richard Strauss, photograph at the Museum of American History. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Image no. 2003-24130.

Portrait of Michael Barnes, Smithsonian Photographic Services, on the roof of the Smithsonian Institution Building, or Castle Bell Tower. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Image no. 2003-37942.

Carl Hansen, Director of Smithsonian Photographic Services (SPS), photographing funeral procession of former President Ronald Reagan at 12th and Constitution Ave. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Image no. 2004-29940.

Greg Bryant, NASM Registrar, photographing model airplanes for NASM's TMS data base (on screen). Smithsonian Institution Archives, Image no. 2006-18650.

Two unidentified men with photographic equipment by the U.S. Fish Commission fish hatchery ponds for the production of carp, golden ide, and tench, located near the grounds of the Washington Monument. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Image no. MAH-4474.

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