Jordan News Agency (Petra)

Country: Jordan
Collection Type: Press
Collection Size: > 50,000
Period: 1960-1980 Later than 1980
Type of Material & Format: Black and White images Colour images Digital files Film-based negatives Prints
Website: http://www.petra.gov.jo/Public/Main_english.aspx?lang=2&site_id=1

Established in 1969 as an independent body linked to the Ministry of Information, Petra News is the largest and oldest press agency in Jordan and the official news agency for the Kingdom. The photograph archive holds around 250,000 photographs, consisting of 50,000 images taken between the 1960s and the 1990s which have been digitized, and 20,000 digital photos taken since 1998. Items include film-based negatives, positives, Black and White and color prints in addition to digital files.

Petra’s more recent picture archive started in 1995, with photographs taken by staff photojournalists, and the archive continues to expand as images are added daily from journalistic news production.

The archive is used by most Jordanian newspapers, including Al-Ghad, Al-Rai, Al-Dustour, and Jordan Times. The collection is accessible for researchers by appointment.

Contact Details:
Name: Fayez Abadi, Director General; Majid Abu Khaled, Managing Editor photography and design; Rasamieh El Kobba, Director of Department
Email: director@petra.gov.jo; fabbadi2010@yahoo.com
Address: Jamal Abdel-Nasser Circle, Amman, Jordan / 6845 Code 11118, Amman, Jordan
Tel: +962 65609700

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