The Photograph and The Collection

Richly illustrated in colour, with over 200 images, and 660 pages, The Photograph and The Collection: Create | Preserve | Analyze | Present is a comprehensive and stimulating guide to maximising the power and effectiveness of photographic collections in museums, galleries, libraries and archives. Watch the trailer for The Photograph and The Collection: 


A museum or gallery's holdings of photographs will very often form its single largest collection. But the images a visitor experiences there are not always readily understandable. In fact, understanding a photograph can be every bit as challenging as reading a painting. And yet the potential of images for communication, learning and involvement is huge - and very largely untapped.

The Photograph and The Collection brings together a rich variety of international perspectives - from curators, archivists, librarians, academics, researchers, collectors and photographers - which explore the four key processes of creation, preservation, analysis and presentation. Appropriately, many of the perspectives focus on images brought together as an album - itself a "curated experience" - and they span the analogue and the digital, the published and the private.

1. Create
Lost In Camera: The Lost Student Negative Box Collection 
Greg Lucas, Senior Lecturer in Photography, De Montfort University & Jane Fletcher, Senior Lecturer Photography History and Theory, University of Derby

The Restriction From and Access To Images
Sam Storey, Lecturer in Critical Theory, Professional Photography, New College, Swindon  

Family and Field Work: J S P Ramsay’s Photograph Album 
Julia Peck, University of Roehampton  

William J Stillman’s Photographic Turn: The Adirondac Woods as Transcendental Experience
Janice Simon, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of Art History, Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia   

Confabulations on My Imaginary Family Album
Eszter Biro, Independent Researcher, Budapest

2. Preserve
The Conservation and Preservation of Photograph Albums in Archives 
Mark Allen, Archive Conservator, Flintshire Record Office  

Preserving Photographic Albums: Government Records 
Lynn Curry, Head Conservator of Books, Library and Archives Canada  

Web Albums: Preserving the Contemporary Photographic Album
Jessica Bushey, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada

3. Analyze
Evidence of Love: Our Photographs of Birthday Cakes 
KayLynn Deveney, Lecturer in Photography, Belfast School of Art, University of Ulster  

Flood Watch: The Construction and Evaluation of Photographic Meaning in Alexander Henderson’s Snow and Flood After the Great Storms of 1869
Elizabeth Cavaliere, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada  

Viewing Liberia in the 1930s: A Country in Two American Albums
Stephanie Beck Cohen, Indiana University  

A Close Reading of a 1906 San Francisco Scrapbook
Kathleen Blake Yancey, Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English and Distinguished Research Professor, Florida State University  

Constructing Narrative: A Women’s Voice 
Lee Wright, Senior Lecturer in Design Theory, University of Bolton

4. Present
A Surrogate Touch: Dick’s Book of Photos 
Simon Pierse, Senior Lecturer, School of Art, Aberystwyth University

Design and Style in Commercial Photographic Albums
Orla Fitzpatrick, Librarian, National Museum of Ireland

Advertising Albums: Compendia of Commerce
Steven F. Joseph, Independent Scholar, Collector and Historian of Photography  

Made In Japan: Yokohama Photograph Album and its Visual and Aesthetic Rhetoric 
Mio Wakita, Assistant Professor, Institute of East Asian Art History, Heidelberg University

Prints from Original Negatives: Heinrich Hoffmann as a Photographer for Everyone
Mandy Gnägi, Lecturer in Photohistory, F+F School of Art and Media Design, Zurich

With Camera in Combat: German Soldiers’ Photo Albums of World War II
Petra Bopp, Independent scholar

Graeme Farnell has held a range of senior UK museum management posts, including Director of the Museums Association and of the Scottish Museums Council. He holds an MA in Sociology and Fine Art from Edinburgh University and post-graduate qualification from the London Film School. 

Title: The Photograph and The Collection: Create | Preserve | Analyze | Present 
Editor: Graeme Farnell 
Pages: 660 
Colour illustrations: 220 
Size: 203 x 127mm
Date: 2013
Editions: £64.95 [paperback] | £99.95 [hardback]  

ISBN: 978-1-907697-85-2 [paperback]
ISBN: 978-1-907697-86-9 [hardback] 

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