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The Photobook: A History: Vol III

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Eight years after the release of the second volume of The Photobook: A History, the latest installment of this encyclopedic trilogy has been published by Phaidon. Its conclusion is positive on the whole, and it demonstrates a widespread and growing interest in photobooks. In the preface, Martin Parr asserts his position as a missionary praising the photobook before a skeptical public and revisits advancements in the industry one by one, particularly self-publishing.

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The Walther Collection

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On November 10, 2012, The Walther Collection collaborated with NYU’s Department of Photography and Imaging and the University College London, for a symposium on ‘Alternative Ways to Describe Historic and Contemporary African Photography.’ The one day event coincided with The Walther Collection Project Space’s exhibition series titled:  Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive. A discussion amongst academics to explore the various categories used to describe both historic and contemporary photographs of Africans. Colonial, ethnographic, anthropological and artistic.

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The Huntington Library Photographic Collection

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Without much public attention, a remarkable thing is happening. As libraries around the world digitize their photographic collections they lose the funding to store their physical archives.  Only a handful of libraries have the resources to store, catalog and maintain these irreplaceable images and the Huntington Library is one.  Located in San Marino, California, The Huntington is a leading research library with a collection of over a million images, many dating back to the late eighteen hundreds. There are images of every kind spanning the nineteenth to the twenty-first century.  Because the Huntington is a research library most people will never see more than a fraction of their collection but for those who have the opportunity to study here the depth and breadth of the collection is astonishing. I spoke with Jennifer A. Watts, Curator of Photographs to get some idea of the scope of the collection and the things people use it for.

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