Digitising Archives: A Youtube Investigation

What better way to find out about which archives are being digitised than going on Youtube. It is interesting how they explain what they are doing with the archive and how it can be accessed by people on the web.   Netherlands digitising books, scanning and processing into word documents   London Pulse   British Library – migrating to different platforms, able to translate scripts etc   Find my Past.co.uk Prepare, clean, scan, type out handwriting (transcribing), create search engine (transcribing) 1911 census- 2km physical shelving; 18million documents; cleaning process; 2 years to transcribe by 300 people   Oxfam http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/News/2013/News/WTP051798.htmContinue reading Digitising Archives: A Youtube Investigation

Research: Dovedale Cinema, Longford

Prewar cinema called Dovedale Cinema, built after 1931, no records in the 1925 or 1931 Kinematograph year books. However, there is an aerial photograph from 1929 of Windmill St, before Dovedale Street was built. 1929 Top Right 1932, Forked road bottom right     The Kinematograph Year Book 1942, 1949 & 1954 Rivoli Cinema – Longford Road Coventry 88325 Jepson Cinemas Ltd 1040 seats 1 – 2 shillings The Kinematograph Year Book 1958 (and 1970, 1971) The Ritz Cinema – Longford Road Coventry 88325 The Paris Luxury Continental Cinema (Far Gosford St) 1 shilling and 6 pence to 2 shillings … Continue reading Research: Dovedale Cinema, Longford

Digitising Archives

Archives were made so that we could have references to aid us in the future. For example, things we learn are written down and stored. It is important things we decide to keep for future use. But as we are guided through the digital transition, physical archives are visited less and less: why do we even question why our libraries are closing down? Naturally this means that companies and organisation want to digitise their archives so that they can be accessed globally from the comfort of your own arm chair. With the whole world at our fingertips, do we ignore … Continue reading Digitising Archives

Significance of Family Albums

What better way to research popular opinion about family photo albums than to have a look on Twitter. I typed in the search bar ‘family albums’ and there are results. I can’t say it is a popular Twitter conversation. However still, it is interested to see that people still reflect on family albums. I can’t make the judgement that the amount of people who tweet about looking at an album is any kind of indication of how many people do in today’s society. Possibly it is our grandparents who look at the more often? Afterall that was the the medium … Continue reading Significance of Family Albums

Appropriating Family Archives

Over the last couple of weeks I have been redesigning my book Unwelcome Invitation. The original book explored how the viewer and photographer alike intruded on a person’s environment. A conversation between space and possessions with dead pan portraits. However, remastering the book’s design, I have effectively appropriated it with a new meaning, adding archive photographs from family albums. Now it explores the discussion of how photo albums are gateways to only part of our ancestors lives. They ignore the every day and only would choose to fix ‘happy significant memories’ into albums. Yet, all the images are similar: weddings, birthdays, holidays. … Continue reading Appropriating Family Archives

Eugene Richards

Eugene Richards, award winning documentary photographer, has many projects which makes the viewer really think about what he’s framed.  In this powerful and raw book, Eugene Richards takes an in-depth and very intimate lookat the inhabitants of three troubled communities: East New York; North Philadelphia; andthe Red Hook Housing Project in Brooklyn, New York. – Wayne Ford @ Photobook Club Ihave not experienced any drug abuse personally and only understand so much from television and the likes of Nan Goldin and Larry Clarke. There is this sense of a cocaine lifestyle and a cocaine community in these sets; although there … Continue reading Eugene Richards

Unphotographable Phiction #phonar

Working alone, you should choose one of Michael David Murphy’s “Unphotographable” posts and create a multimedia narrative. You should use your own images, new or from your archive and you should create an accompanying soundscape. http://www.unphotographable.com/ Please upload the pieces by next session to vimeo and tag it #phonar. Thanks go to Michael  for kindly allowing #phonar to use his work . I looked at the idea of storytelling with sound, but without voice. Immediately the beginning sequence of Pixar’s ‘Up’ came to mind: The clever mix of visuals and music immerses the viewer into feeling absolutely part of the couples’ … Continue reading Unphotographable Phiction #phonar

Diane Arbus Photobook

The book is a series of Diane Arbus’s ‘Freaks’. A collection of square format black and white prints which celebrate the diversity of human kind. Dominated by portraiture, Arbus also reflects on interior spaces, almost like a anthropological study. She explains that she likes going into people’s houses and understanding how they decorate it. Her portraits are straight and dead-pan; although Arbus explains that she has a conversation with her subjects to put her subjects (and herself) at ease, the viewer is met with discomfort. There is no written context for the viewer to examine much further with fact. This allows the … Continue reading Diane Arbus Photobook

The Subversive

sub·ver·sive adj. Intended or serving to subvert, especially intended to overthrow or undermine an established government: “Sex and creativity are often seen by dictators as subversive activities” (Erica Jong). n. One who advocates or is regarded as advocating subversion When talking about subversiveness in terms of the creative field, the possibilities are endless. George Rodger was a pioneer in the subversive: choosing not only to avoid the typical propaganda shots of wartime and telling real stories of real people. He didn’t want his ideology twisted by magazines/newspapers and he developed his film just how he wanted. George Rodger went against working as … Continue reading The Subversive

Out of the Archives- Tim Linfield

A short post about a appropriating archives for contemporary art. Visually it appears that artists use collage by means of appropriation. However, Tim Linfield used book archives as the raw material. He encourage people to make their own books from old books. Rewriting the language as it were and questioning the typical structure of a book. The most interesting piece to me however, are the jars of ashes. Ashes of books which were banned. This is such a shocking piece as it is customary to preserve archives and treat them with the utmost care. For example, Titanic artefacts are kept … Continue reading Out of the Archives- Tim Linfield