Photo Archives and the Photographic Memory of Art History

This ongoing series of conferences investigates the role of photographic archives and collections in art historical studies, recognizing that the discipline of art history and the technologies of imaging have developed concurrently and are closely interlinked. Links to each of the conferences in the series appear below. Part IV was held from October 27th - 29th, 2011 at the Max-Planck-Institut in Florence, Italy. Click here for more information.


Conference I, held at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, June 16-17, 2009. For the conference program, click here .

Conference II, held at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz/Max-Planck-Institut, Florence, October 29-31, 2009. For the conference program, click here .

The “Florence Declaration:” recommendations for the preservation of analogue photo archives: http://www.khi.fi.it/en/photothek/florencedeclaration/index.html

Collected papers from the first two conferences: 

Costanza Caraffa, ed. Photo Archives and the Photographic Memory of Art History. Berlin and Munich: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2011:
http://www.deutscherkunstverlag.de/controller.php?suche=caraffa&submit.x=0&submit.y=0&cmd=schnellsuche&verlag=2

Conference III, held at the Institute of Fine Arts, March 24-26, 2011. For the conference program, click here . To visit the digital archive of the conference, see: http://archive.nyu.edu/handle/2451/29901 Videos from Conference III are available here Open link in new window.

Conference IV, held at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz/Max-Planck-Institut, Florence, October 27-29, 2011.  For information about this conference, click here.