November 20: Photo Collections

Walter Grasskamp, The Book on the Floor: André Malraux and the Imaginary Museum (Getty Research Institute, 2016)



Yes, there are quite a few readings this week – but that’s just because there are so many excellent resources on picture collections! It’s only 88 pp in total, including lots of images. But you’re also welcome to read modularly: choose between either the Crimp/Springer/Spigelman set or the Kamin/Ernst set.

Akram Zaatari, The Desert Panorama, via the Tate


*Tina M. Campt, Image Matters: Archive, Photography, and the African Diaspora in Europe (Durham: Duke University Press, 2012); Costanza Caraffa, “From ‘Photo Libraries’ to ‘Photo Archives’: On the Epistemological Potential of Art-Historical Collections” in Photo Archives and the Photographic Memory of Art History, ed. Costanza Caraffa (Berlin: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2011): 11-44; Paul Conway & Ricardo Punzalan, “Fields of Vision: Toward a New Theory of Visual Literacy for Digitized Archival Photographs,” Archivaria 71 (Spring 2011): 63-97; *Elizabeth Edwards’s 5 Excellent Blog Posts for the Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland (2016); Elizabeth Edwards, “Photographs: Material Form and the Dynamic Archive” in Photo Archives and the Photographic Memory of Art History, ed. Costanza Caraffa (Berlin: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2011): 47-56; Wolfgang Ernst, “Translation of Photographic Archive into Algorithmic Time,” Either/And (n.d.); *Gregg Mitman and Kelley Wilder, eds., Documenting the World: Film, Photography, and the Scientific Record (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016); Joshua Rothman, “In the Age of A.I., Is Seeing Still Believing?New Yorker (November 12, 2018); Tim Schlak, “Framing Photographs, Denying Archives: The Difficult of Focusing on Archival Photographs,” Archival Science 8 (2008: 85-101; Joan Schwartz, “Negotiating the Visual Turn: New Perspectives on Images and Archives,” American Archivist 67 (Spring/Summer 2004) (and other works by Schwartz); Sara Shatford, “Analyzing the Subject of a Picture: A Theoretical Approach,” Cataloguing & Classification Quarterly 6:3 (1986): 39-62; *Allan Sekula, “The Body and the Archive” October 39 (Winter 1986): 3-64; John Tagg, “The Archiving Machine; or, The Camera and the Filing Cabinet,” Grey Room 47 (Spring 2012): 24-37; Ernst Van Alphen, Staging the Archive: Art and Photography in the Age of New Media (London: Reaktion, 2014); Doireann Wallace, “Words as Keys to the Image Bank” In Revisualizing Visual Culture, eds. Chris Bailey & Hazel Gardiner (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2010): 83-96; Akram Zaatari, “Against Photography: Conversation with Mark Westmoreland,” Aperture 210 (February 2013): 60-5.


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