| 2009 | Symposium
Communities and Archives
The Women’s Library, London Metropolitan University
25 Old Castle Street, London E1 7NT
2.30pm Dr. Jenny Harding
London Metropolitan University East End Archive Project Leader
Jenny Harding will introduce the workshop and speak about London Metropolitan University’s East End Archive Project, outlining its history and context, current focus and future directions. She will focus on the work of the project team with photographer Paul Trevor in developing a digital collection of some of his images of the Brick Lane area in East London from the 1970s to the 1990s. She will discuss the current work of the team in trying to develop a collection of images of family and community in East London and begin to build an archive for the future. She will raise some of the issues we hope will be addressed during the workshop such as, how we decide on what to collect, accessibility of digital archives, why we might make a digital archive, and what makes an archive a ‘community archive.
3.00pm Mike Seaborne
Photographer/Senior Curator of Photographs, Museum of London
Mike seaborne will talk about the archive held at the Museum, its function and use, including recent projects and the process of digitization. He will make particular reference to photographs of the East End, with images from the 19th Century to the 1950s.
3.30pm Professor Val Williams
Director of the University of the Arts London Research Centre for Photography and the Archive
Three Free Photographic Studios in Britain 1974- 2009. Val Williams will be looking at the work of the Greame Street Portrait Studio (1972) operated by Daniel Meadows; Archive of Hastings Free Studio (1999) run by Grace Lau in East Sussex and the WPS Free Portrait Studio (2009), opened for three days during Hastings Old Town Week by Jason Wilde. Daniel Meadows three-minute digital story The Shop on Greame St. will be shown.
4pm Tea Break in the Mezzanine
4.30pm Dr. Nayia Yiakoumaki Artist, Curator and the Archive Curator at Whitechapel Gallery. PhD thesis -Curating Archives, Archiving Curating, Goldsmiths College. Since 2001 she is co-curator of FeedBack Project and co-editor of FeedBack periodical.
This talk will concentrate on the influence of the recent Whitechapel Gallery development on the Gallery's archive in the areas of preservation, research, access in general and curatorial work which is focused primarily on archives.
5.00pm Melanie Manchot
Celebration: Group Portraiture and East End Street Parties
Celebration: Cyprus Street' is a new 35mm film project which will be
premiered at the Whitechapel Gallery in January 2010. Filmed with the participation of an entire East London street, the work is based on historical photographs and screen archive material, documenting group portraits on the occasion of East End street parties across the last century in Cyprus St.
5.30pm Renée M Mussai
Autograph ABP’s Archive and Research Centre for Culturally Diverse Photography
Renée Mussai has been involved with Autograph ABP since 2001, where she currently oversees the establishment of the Archive and Research Centre for Culturally Diverse Photography at Rivington Place, London, UK. She regularly lectures on photography and identity, with a focus on the politics of race and representation, gender and sexuality.
This talk will briefly introduce Autograph ABP’s 20-year history in the framework of development of the Archive and Research Centre for Culturally Diverse Photography, currently in its second year and funded through the support of a four-year Heritage Lottery grant. A collection of seminal photographs exploring politics of cultural identity, diversity and representation, images in the Archive range in genre from fine art, social documentary to constructed high street studio and vernacular photography. As an online digital image bank and fully contextualised research resource, the Archive, once developed, will highlight a missing chapter in the cultural history of photography. Its dedicated public programme of education, outreach and participatory photography projects will transform the collection into a continuously growing, living archive. The Archive will open publicly in Spring 2011.
Autograph ABP – www.autograph-abp.co.uk
Established in 1988, Autograph ABP is an international photographic arts charity that addresses issues of cultural identity and human rights. It develops, exhibits and publishes the work of photographers from culturally diverse backgrounds and advocates their inclusion in all areas of exhibition, publishing, education and commerce in the visual arts.