The Shape of the Collection: The case of ‘Art’ Photographs of Japan in an ‘Ethnographic’ Archive


Friday, December 6, 2019, 5:45pm to 6:30pm


Victoria and Albert Museum, London


CONFERENCES AND STUDY DAYS Friday, 6 December 2019 – Saturday, 7 December 2019

The Institutional Lives of Photographs

How do photographs construct meanings in museums? Why are some photographs collected as ‘significant’ and others, of historical value, not?


Bringing together new work on institutional ‘photographic cultures’, this conference explores the dynamics and significance of such questions across analogue and digital media, and the formative role of photographic practices in articulating the values and assumptions of museums and galleries.

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Full programme to be published soon.

Tickets purchased to The Institutional Lives of Photographs conference enable the ticket holder to attend the Redefining Photographic Collections: Institutional and Photographic Practices talk by Geoffrey Belknap on Friday, 6 December 2019.

The V&A Research Institute is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation