Asbestorama is an ever-growing collection of asbestos-related photographs and images intended for asbestos awareness education and editorial discourse. There is a strong need for learning more about asbestos safety concerns and what better way to advance this than through sharing pictures. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then perhaps these photos might speak volumes.

Currently, since its inception the Asbestorama photostream on Flickr has received over 20+ million views and many of the copyrighted photos are used (with legal authorization) by organizations, institutions and professionals in a multitude of applications and resources worldwide, including, but not limited to: product research, educational blogs and websites, conference brochures, non-profit music video, informational presentations, corporate and governmental training programs, regulatory guidance documents, science and trade publications, university textbooks, museum and gallery exhibits, and even as legal evidence.

The vast majority of self-collected Asbestorama photos depict a variety of aspects associated with asbestos, ranging from workplace conditions to mine landscapes to product materials to product samples and geological specimens. So far only a few thousand images have been posted on the Asbestorama photostream, being a part-time endeavor, there are still yet tens-of-thousands more upcoming images to upload eventually; stay tuned for more.

While most of the amateur photos on Asbestorama were collected as simple “snapshots” using a small pocket-camera, the apparent popularity of the images seem more based on subject matter than for actual technical qualities. Although in recent years, Asbestorama has finally upgraded to entry-level DSLR equipment, improving capabilities in image quality, composition, and techniques, but are a work-in-progress.

Also included in Asbestorama are a few captured images showing historical perspectives, such as from certain historical books, industry-related documents, manufacturer catalogs and pamphlets, advertisements, film archives, and other related media.

Hopefully, Asbestorama photos provide an interesting resource for learning more about asbestos-related issues and help prevent exposure risk to this ubiquitous, toxic threat…asbestos.

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January 2009
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