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Photo Archives VI: The Place of Photography

This major international conference was convened by Geraldine Johnson (University of Oxford), Deborah Schultz (Regent's University London), and Costanza Caraffa (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz—Max-Planck-Institut). It is the sixth in the Photo Archives conference series.

This conference took place on April 20–21, 2017.

The conference investigated photographs and photographic archives in relation to notions of place. In this context, place was used to explore both the physical location of a photograph or archive, as well as the place of photography as a discursive practice with regard to its value or significance as a method of viewing and conceiving the world. Photographs are mobile objects that can change their location over time, transported to diverse commercial, artistic, social, academic and scientific locations. The photograph’s physical location thus has an impact upon its value, function and significance; these topics were explored at the conference through a range of archives and across disciplines. How might the mobility of photographs open up thinking about archives and, in turn, classificatory structures in disciplines such as Art History, Archaeology and Anthropology, or in the Sciences? The conference also addressed questions of digital space, which renders the image more readily accessible, but complicates issues relating to location. What is the place, or value, of the photographic archive in the digital age?

It was sponsored by the Kress Foundation, the John Fell Fund and the History Faculty's Sanderson Fund at the University of Oxford, and Christ Church, Oxford.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Photo Archives VI Welcome Day 1 Opening remarks on the first day of the conference. Geraldine Johnson, Deborah Schultz 09 May 2017
2 Photo Archives VI Welcome Day 2 Opening remarks on the second day of the conference. Constanza Caraffa 09 May 2017
3 Photo Archives VI: Transports of Vision: Frederic Edwin Church's Photographic Collection of the Mediterranean and Middle East Frederick N. Bohrer (Hood College) discusses Frederic Edwin Church's photographic collection. Frederick N. Bohrer 09 May 2017
4 Photo Archives VI: The Archive in Transition: Reframing Josef Sudek’s Photographic Reproductions of Art Katarina Masterova (Institute of Art History, The Czech Academy of Sciences) discusses the objecthood of Josef Sudek's photographic archive. Katarína Mašterová 09 May 2017
5 Photo Archives VI: The Relational Album: Photographic Networks, Anthropology, and the Learned Society Christopher Morton (University of Oxford) discusses the concept of the relational museum applied to an album from the Anthropological Society in London. Christopher Morton 09 May 2017
6 Photo Archives VI: Sticking points: Photographic albums and the forgetful archives of Egyptian archaeology Christina Riggs (University of East Anglia) discusses the 'forgetfulness' of photo albums from excavations in colonial and interwar Egypt. Christina Riggs 09 May 2017
7 Photo Archives VI: Vision in Doubt: Arctic Photography, Victorian Geology, and its Anglo-American Debates Luke Gartlan (University of St Andrews) discusses Victorian arctic photography in The Arctic Regions (1873) and an unpublished album. Luke Gartlan 09 May 2017
8 Photo Archives VI: The Laboratory as Photo Archive Chitra Ramalingam (Yale University) discusses photographic collections within science laboratories Chitra Ramalingam 09 May 2017
9 Photo Archives VI: Photography as Protocol Kelley Wilder (De Montfort University) discusses photography as a scientific protocol Kelley Wilder 09 May 2017
10 Photo Archives VI: Saving Space, Mediating Place: Photography and the Reproduction of Collections and Archives Estelle Blaschke (University of Lausanne) discusses the development and growth in use of microfilm during the 1920s and 1930s. Estelle Blaschke 09 May 2017
11 Photo Archives VI: From Trash to Treasure: Loss, Value, and the Photo Archive Catherine E. Clark (MIT) discusses the life cycle of anonymous photographic archives. Catherine E. Clark 09 May 2017
12 Photo Archives VI: Archiving Royal Heirlooms: The publication of the Crown treasures of the Galerie d'Apollon (Louvre) and its materiality Pascal Griener (University of Neuchatel) discusses photographic reproductions of the French crown jewels made for their auction in 1887. Pascal Griener 09 May 2017
13 Photo Archives VI: Archive, Exhibition, Book: 'The Family of Man' Reconstituted Shamoon Zamir (New York University Abu Dhabi) discusses the 'The Family of Man' exhibition and its related archives. Shamoon Zamir 09 May 2017
14 Photo Archives VI: The Place of Photography and the Phases of Digitisation Nina Lager Vestberg (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) discusses the digital condition of photography through a phase model of digitisation. Nina Lager Vestberg 09 May 2017