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Wednesday, March 27 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Session: Framing Places and Identities: Biographies of Photographic Archives and their Environments

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  • Anne Blecksmith, Head, Reader Services, The Huntington
  • Maureen Burns, Consultant IMAGinED Consulting & Associate, Archivision

  • "Mobility in the Photo-Archive: The Traveling Salerno Ivories"
    Ute Dercks, Deputy Head of Photo Library, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut
  • "The Legacy of Max Hutzel and Fote Arte Minore: Roberto Sigismondi and Foto Arte Italiana"
    Tracey Schuster, Head of Permissions and Photo Archive Services, Getty Research Institute
  • "From Craig's List to Digital Objects: The Nine Lives of the Ninomiya Photo Studio Collection"
    Greg Williams, Director, Archives and Special Collections, California State University, Dominguez Hills

Photographs in archives, museums, or special collections lead two distinct lives--a creative life prior to entering a repository and a preservation life afterwards. Ideally, repositories bridge the two lives; however, notions of place and institutional practices have tangible impacts on both identities. Scholars, such as Elizabeth Edwards, have advanced our understanding of the materiality of photographs, their social biographies, and the integral and complex roles photographs and photo archives serve in anthropological and historical contexts. Initiatives such as the Photo Archives conference series, led and organized by Costanza Caraffa at the Kunsthistoriches Institut in Florenz, have expanded upon ideas of the archive of place and conceptualized the photo archive as a dynamic, evolving ecosystem that has the power to shape the identity of its collections, dependent on the archive for survival. Thus the repository itself—whether it is a photo archive, museum, or special collection—assigns a new place and identity to photographs. Moving into a digital space, making the images more readily accessible, complicates issues relating to location and effects institutional practices. Place and identity also influence access and the experience of the collection managers and researchers. This session will explore three repositories that are connected in various ways to their mission, creator, history, and geographical location and will illustrate singular collections as case studies of the two lives—creative and preservation. Presenters will share the histories and challenges of the collections and archives as well as ideas for developing a deepened and more inclusive collective cultural memory.

Wednesday March 27, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm PDT
California Ballroom, Banquet Level DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles Downtown, 120 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles, CA