Torn, Folded, Curled: Orphan photographs sourced from the Arab Image Foundation
paula roush Torn, Folded, Curled: Orphan photographs sourced from the Arab Image Foundation.
“Torn, Folded, Curled: Orphan Photographs Sourced From the Arab Image Foundation (Crafting an Archaeology of the Recent Past, One Photobookwork at a Time)” is a reflection on the methodologies I developed during a residency at the Arab Image Foundation, a MENA—Middle East North Africa—photographic archive.
The focus is the investigation into different types of archival organisation in public photographic archives and their translation into photobook structures. Working with orphan photographs that are “torn, folded, curled”— a term used at the Arab Image Foundation to categorise heavily damaged photographs that require special care in storage and preservation—meant developing specific strategies to account for themes of war and memory in photobook sequencing.
The essay uses five anchors of my practice- organised around three photobooks sourced from the Arab Image Foundation photography collections – to analyse ways in which photographic and book art practices integrate with and complement each other in the work with photographic archives.
1. The photographic collection: how to handle a large number of photographs, using the group/series/sequence formula;
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Note:The paper has been submitted for peer-review to be published online through the symposium website
|Keywords||photobook, art publishing, orphan photography, photographic archives, archival art|
|Web address (URL)||http://sard.lau.edu.lb/events/symposiums/archive-visual-culture-mea/|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||17 Dec 2020|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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