In addition to studio portraits, the Australian Army Museum of WA collection contains many informal snapshots of individuals or small groups. These spontaneous images illustrate a wide variety of service life, conditions and locations. Unlike many of the large format formal studio portraits, these images have remained largely undiscovered in personal albums. They can often provide a less romantic and more realistic insight into the realities of service life. The condition of the images varies from excellent to deteriorated reflecting the storage history of the albums. It is estimated that 40,000 images remain in albums in the collection which are progressively being digitised.