The purpose of a record image is to document an artefact such that an observer looking at the image in the future will know exactly what the artefact looked like (including its colour). The artefact in a record image should be sharp all over, interesting and self-explanatory. Peripheral elements of the image such as foreground and background need not be sharp. An image need not be pictorially pleasing, but it is a bonus if it is. A record image must always be accurately titled.