The Photographers’ Archives and Legacy Project was initiated in 2011 and two phases of research have taken place since then.
The first took place between May and October 2011 and involved:
- Consultation with 25 to 30 individuals from: collecting institutions (both archives and museums and galleries), academics, independent photographic organisations and photographers to appraise the issues affecting both institutions and photographers and establish the level of interest in this subject;
- Visits to archives to see and understand the physical requirements for storing and documenting photographic archives and how they are made accessible for research and public use (e.g. English Heritage Archive, Swindon; South West Image Bank, Plymouth, National Media Museum, Bradford);
- A half-day meeting in London, which brought together key individuals from the earlier consultations (including representatives of Tate, V&A, Museum of London, De Montfort University, University of the Arts London, University of Plymouth, Photographers’ Gallery, James Hyman Gallery, Tosca Fund) to discuss issues relating to photographers’ archives and see if there could be agreement on collective action. (Click here for details).
The second involved the research and preparation of case studies, three public events and development of this website to disseminate the research.
A third and final phase is now in development (summer 2020).