Visiting the George Rodger Archive

Almost two weeks ago now I went back to the George Rodger Archive. I have been several times before this visit to talk to Jinx and record our conversations; I found that from these visits I had learnt a lot about George, the archive and herself. I realised what was important in the archive: -Africa George loved the remote parts of Africa, meeting and documenting new tribes. His prestigious story 38 is a significant part of the archive- having a print box to itself and being featured in over half og the magazine articles kept by Jinx. -Magnum relationships Jinx … Continue reading Visiting the George Rodger Archive

What is a Photograph?

Imagine technology as a train that constantly moves forward, as time does, according to our perception. Photography is a product of technology, in this example acting as a single coach, which is inherently synced with its direction, and shares many of its attributes. In order to understand how photography has taken it’s current form and attempt to think of a possible future we have to trace its origin, and course in time. Joseph Kesisoglou, 2014 Photography is a product of the industrial revolution, and like a lot of the innovative technology at the time, it has evolved. The practice and … Continue reading What is a Photograph?

The George Rodger Archive Proposal

At 88 years of age, Jinx Rodger still spends 6 hours everyday cataloguing her late husband’s archive – an archive which spans every photograph, artefact and correspondence, because, as Jinx admits “I just can’t throw anything away […] I looked up to him like a God” (Jinx, 2013). George Rodger is the Magnum Photos co-founder that photography forgot (*) and yet George photographed in 61 countries during the Second World War (Naggar, 2003), more than any other photographer (Jinx, 2013). Jinx shared George’s passion for photography and saw her travel thousands of miles with him on assignments with Magnum. As … Continue reading The George Rodger Archive Proposal

The Seal of Approval

I spoke woth Jinx’s son Jon today on the phone and I explained to him my project. I was wary that with our speradic emailing that he wasn’t as enthusiastic about the project as I was. In the conversation I explained my intentions: The make an assortment of handmade books to showcase stories of the archive as told by Jinx To couple my portraits of Jinx, with pictures of artefacts and photographs by George himself To conduct a scheme whereby the archive can be shared and distributed, but not with the information being disclosed on the Internet, but by means … Continue reading The Seal of Approval

Meeting Jinx Rodger

Meeting Jinx Rodger was quite an experience. Having read so much about her and her life with George Rodger in articles and in Carole Naggar’s biography, I felt pretty nervous to meet her. The visit was fleeting really; I met Jinx, her son Jon and Carole Naggar and spent about two hours with them. I learnt that Jon had started to work on building a website of George Rodger’s work to showcase it. At this point I had only just started my more serious research into digitisation, and when I got to have a small look at the archive, I … Continue reading Meeting Jinx Rodger

Interview with David Campbell and Carole Naggar

In October 2013, before meeting both Carole and Jinx I had the opportunity to sit in a Skype conversation between David Campbell and Carole Nagger, discussing George Rodger. Phonar Interview CC: BY-ND 3.0 Notes from conversation: Writing the Biography “to me it’s a cross between fiction and non fiction, when working with material you have to imagine” Carole talks about writing a biography based on her research taken from the archive which is solidified: she wanted to fill in the gaps to help the narrative, so to speak, flow. C.N “kept a diary every day of his life” D.C … Continue reading Interview with David Campbell and Carole Naggar

The Digital Dark Age

Digitising archives are not for the purpose of preserving archive material longer, but to disseminate and distribute information remotely and quickly. The debate of analogue vs digital in many of the creative disciplines (music, photography and literature) does now include archives. What can archives gain being online, and also what do they sacrifice? I found an event from the International Centre of Photography from October 2013, which I wish I had attended as it addresses these intersting questions. Organized by ICP, What Is an Archive? will examine what expectations scholars, curators, and online visitors bring to physical versus online archives and how … Continue reading The Digital Dark Age

Concealment of Archives

From my previous research with archives, I was looking at how archives are in this transition to becoming more open rather than concealed. Digital technologies is changing how we see archives: physical artefacts are now being replicated ready for digital viewing giving everyone the right to view archives (be it at a cost). The digitisation process  Focussing on physical archives and their place in becoming more open and available I have been looking at the digitisation process. First and foremost it is undeniably expensive: Brewster Kahle (founder of estimated that it would cost the Library of Congress $750 million … Continue reading Concealment of Archives

George Rodger – Village of the Nubas

Cover : Village of the Nuba by George Rodger Phaidon Publishing This book is a celebration of George Rodger’s work from the Nuba tribes in 1940s Africa. It is the newer addition of the original book by George from 1955. It contains George’s own written pieces and of course, his photography from tribal Africa. The introduction explores George’s desire to be a pro-humanist photographer, like many other photographers from the post-war period. It highlights points in George’s Life Magazine career, including the devastating effect of photographing Bergen Belson. It goes on to describing George’s ability to take a whole story … Continue reading George Rodger – Village of the Nubas