Category Archives: Archives

The Jo Spence Memorial Archive

Jo Spence is one of the most important and well known figures in post-war British photography yet is strangely neglected in the UK. This position in the culture is nowhere more clearly expressed than in the Jo Spence Memorial Archive … Continue reading

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The Largest Photo Archive in the World

Getty Images is well known, with Corbis, as one of the dominant commercial picture libraries. Most people would encounter it through its website but behind the website is a physical archive in North London. I went to meet their curator … Continue reading

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A Local Newspaper Archive

The most high profile victims among photography archives have been newspaper archives. With the advent of digital photography the cost of keeping large collections of negatives and prints that were rarely used did not seem justifiable. In many cases they … Continue reading

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The John Blakemore Archive

The second in our series of archive visits took us to Birmingham Central Library. The Library has acquired a large part of the archive of photographer John Blakemore to add to its already extensive photographic collection. Conversations with key people … Continue reading

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Inside the Magnum Archive

You are an internationally renowned photographers' agency with a massive collection of photographs that you supply to publishers as part of your business. Technology changes and now pictures are dealt with entirely digitally. What do you do with your archive … Continue reading

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Charlotte Cotton resigns from Media Museum

Charlotte Cotton is resigning from her position as Creative Director for London Galleries at the National Media Museum, a position she took up in October 2009. The Galleries called ‘Media Space’ have been beset with delays and difficulties with raising … Continue reading

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Photographs of Animals

     We went to visit London Zoo Library. The library itself is a galleried room decorated with small animal sculptures and lined with books and journals relating to zoology. Ann Sylph, the helpful librarian, explained that the photographic collection relates … Continue reading

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Pre-season warm up (Archives Online)

Next week, Source will be launching an archive season that will continue until May. Putting this season together I have come across a number of online archives, some well known, some obscure, that contain a wealth of material I had … Continue reading

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