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My interest in armour began a few years ago with a trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. While looking at the "wall o' helmets", I realized that this was a subject I knew nothing about. At the time, there wasn't much available on the 'web in the way of good photographs of armour, so I decided to do something about it.

My intention is to make this a reference section for armour enthusiasts who might not be able to visit these museums. That means a lot of repetitive or boring straight-on shots, but there may be some "arty" ones, too. I'm going to try to have high-resolution shots whenever possible. Coping with low light levels, glass cases, and reflections usually requires some cropping/retouching or even stitching shots together. (Edit: What was "high-resolution" in 2007 isn't even close five years later, and newer digital cameras do much better in low-light, but I can't reshoot everything...)

Note on spelling: There are a number of armour elements that have multiple "correct" spellings (e.g., shaffron, chanfron, chamfron, champfrein). I try to use the most common spelling, or at least pick one and stick with it, even if the museum caption uses something different. I also generally follow the convention that "armour" is something you wear, and "armor" is something you drive (like a tank). Most American museums use "armor" for both.

Please note that most (if not all) museums do not allow gallery photos to be used commercially or published, even for educational purposes. For this reason, I regret that I cannot give permission to reuse my photos. Please contact the respective museum if you need photos of items in their collection.

Because of this, I am also not comfortable with Yahoo/flickr selling advertising on my armour photo pages. I will pay to keep the collection ad-free as long as possible, but if they raise the rates, I may be forced to move elsewhere.

Thanks for looking!

Armour in Art

Armour in Art

162 photos

The Met on Film

The Met on Film

46 photos