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Photo Archives and the Photographic Memory of Art History - Part II
International Conference

Organised by Costanza Caraffa in collaboration with Patricia Rubin

This conference will investigate the role of photographic archives in art historical studies, with an emphasis on image collections that were formed "scientifically" - that is with the specific purpose of aiding research.

The discipline of art history and image reproduction technologies have developed concurrently and their own histories are closely interlinked. After a first part in London, which was focused on photography’s role in shaping art history, the second part of the conference will be held in Florence. Here the history, nature, and influence of specific archives will be discussed.

An important focus will be on the historical process of the institutionalization of photo archives: who build the archive and for what purpose? How is it organized and made accessible? How is it preserved? This will lead to a debate on the current functions and finally on the future of photo archives. Stronger attention will be placed on the materiality of the photographic object and of the archive itself as research environment not only for art history, but also for other disciplines like the history of science, the history of photography, anthropology and visual studies.


 

Date
October 29th, 2009 to October 31th, 2009

Location

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut
Sala conferenze
Via Giuseppe Giusti 38
50121 Florenz

Contact

Dr. Costanza Caraffa
Tel.: +39 055 24911-64
Fax: +39 055 24911-76
E-mail: caraffa@khi.fi.it

Program

Program Photo Archives Part II

Further information

International Conference "Photo Archives - Part I"

International Conference "Photo Archives - Part III"

International Conference "Photo Archives - Part IV"
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