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dc.contributor.editorEdwards, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.editorRavilious, Ella
dc.date.accessioned2022-11-24T04:12:55Z
dc.date.available2022-11-24T04:12:55Z
dc.date.issued2022
dc.date.submitted2022-11-23T10:29:00Z
dc.identifierhttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/59694
dc.identifier.urihttps://directory.doabooks.org/handle/20.500.12854/94247
dc.description.abstractWhat are photographs ‘doing’ in museums? Why are some photographs valued and others not? Why are some photographic practices visible and not others? What value systems and hierarchies do they reflect? What Photographs Do explores how museums are defined through their photographic practices. It focuses not on formal collections of photographs as accessioned objects, be they ‘fine art’ or ‘archival’, but on what might be termed ‘non-collections’: the huge number of photographs that are integral to the workings of museums yet ‘invisible’, existing outside the structures of ‘the collection’. These photographs, however, raise complex and ambiguous questions about the ways in which such accumulations of photographs create the values, hierarchies, histories and knowledge-systems, through multiple, folded and overlapping layers that might be described as the museum’s ecosystem. These photographic dynamics are studied through the prism of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, an institution with over 150 years' engagement with photography’s multifaceted uses and existences in the museum. The book differs from more usual approaches to museum studies in that it presents not only formal essays but short ‘auto-ethnographic’ interventions from museum practitioners, from studio photographers and image managers to conservators and non-photographic curators, who address the significance of both historical and contemporary practices of photography in their work. As such this book offers an extensive and unique range of accounts of what photographs ‘do’ in museums, expanding the critical discourse of both photography and museums.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.rightsopen access
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::G Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects::GM Museology & heritage studies
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HB History::HBT History: specific events & topics::HBTB Social & cultural history
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JH Sociology & anthropology::JHM Anthropology::JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::A The arts::AC History of art / art & design styles::ACX History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HD Archaeology
dc.subject.othermuseums;photography;culture;V&A;arts;heritage;visual arts;media studiesphotographs;photographic practices;formal collections;fine art;archive;knowledge-systems;Victoria and Albert Museum;museum studies;auto-ethnographic;studio photographers;image managers;conservators;curator
dc.titleWhat Photographs Do
dc.title.alternativeThe making and remaking of museum cultures
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.14324/111.9781800082984
oapen.relation.isPublishedBy29b9f0a3-1b0d-4bdd-99d7-b4d3432d7fcc
oapen.relation.isbn9781800083004
oapen.relation.isbn9781800082991
oapen.relation.isbn9781800083011
oapen.pages357
oapen.place.publicationLondon


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