Architectural Photographer Richard J. Levy, AIA, APA Exhibits “Historic American Buildings Survey – Library of Congress”

Last Updated: May 7, 2012

3780 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010, USA


For Immediate Release

Architectural Photographer Richard J. Levy, AIA, APA Exhibits "Historic American Buildings Survey - Library of Congress" at the American Institute of Architects/Los Angeles Office

Heritage Documentation Programs (HDP), part of the National Park Service, administers HABS (Historic American Buildings Survey), the Federal Government's oldest preservation program, and companion programs HAER (Historic American Engineering Record), and HALS (Historic American Landscapes Survey). Documentation produced through the programs constitute one of the nation's largest archives of historic architectural, engineering, and landscape documentation. Records on over 40,000 historic sites, consisting of large-format, black and white photographs, measured drawings, and written historical reports, are maintained in a special collection at the Library of Congress.

The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Architectural and Engineering Documentation must be used. Standards require that any building or object that has been identified to be of historical significance must have existing conditions HABS/HAER/HALS photographically documented, with negatives and prints submitted and approved by the Library of Congress prior to the start of any construction activities. Heritage Documentation Programs HABS/HAER/HALS Photography Guidelines must be strictly adhered to.[](http://

Photographs of every exterior elevation, or 2-point perspective of every exterior corner(s), every significant interior room(s), and significant exterior and interior detail(s) using the 4x5, 5x7, or 8x10 perspective controlled large-format view camera, with 4"x5", 5"x7" or 8"x10" B&W film, are required. Images must be printed on 8x10 B&W double weight fiber photo (silver halide) paper, and are to be submitted to the Library of Congress with the original B&W negatives. All film and prints submitted must be archival processed, tested for lack of chemical content, and are to be provide in archival storage materials. The Library of Congress will also test material for archival standards prior to acceptance. Upon acceptance, they will make digital copies of each Image available to the public copyright free that can be accessed via the Library of Congress' website:

Hard copy of original film and prints are stored in their temperature and humidity controlled archives at the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Reading Room, for use by future researchers.

Image originals captured electronically by a Digital Camera are not an acceptable substitute for B&W film. B&W film and prints technology has been around for over 150 years, and tested to last 500 years, and therefore are already proven to be archival. Digital Image Capture and Digital Print technology has been "tested" to last 200 years, but has only been around for approximately 35 years. Media and hardware for Image storage and recovery of electronic Images has changed significantly multiple times during the last 35 years. Accordingly, there is no guarantee that DVD disks won't deteriorate, nor can DVD drivers be guaranteed to be available 150 years from now. As a result the National Park Service does not consider Digital Image Capture to be archival.

Formally trained in both Fine Art and the Commercial disciplines of Architectural Photography and a Practicing Architect, Richard Levy's Award winning photography meets your Historic Preservation requirements with the Quality of Fine Art.

Richard began studying Art Photography under prominent Landscape and Architectural Photographers Bernard Freemesser, Morley Baer who were Ansel Adams' contemporaries, and Julius Shulman. During that time he obtained his Bachelor of Architecture, to become a specialist in Commercial, Historical, and Corporate Fine Art Architectural Photography.

NCARB Certified, Richard has continued to practice in the offices of noted Architects. An active member of the American Institute of Architects, the American Photographic Artists, and The Los Angeles Conservancy, Richard's groundbreaking work has been exhibited and published throughout the United States, including the Library of Congress, and in Europe.

Richard is one of a small, select group of professionals listed by the National Park Service and the Getty Conservation Institute as capable of performing true Archival Photography HABS/HAER/HALS work.


The Exhibition will run from May 19th through July 31st and will be open for public viewing Monday to Thursday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Weekdays during this period. The Exhibition will be located at the American Institute of Architects/Los Angeles office; 3780 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 800; Los Angeles, CA 90010, in the historic Wiltern Building. Email, or telephone (213) 250-0100, for information. Website:


Last updated: 11-Dec-2012 02:56 AM
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