Where Is the Archive?
Abstract:The article considers different uses of photography in Mbouda, a small town in western Cameroon. The photographs taken by Jacques Tousselle have been archived under the auspices of a project funded by the British Library Endangered Archive Programme. Having a complete set of surviving negatives and prints enables us to gain a good idea of the range of images commissioned. We are using face recognition software to try and identify multiple images of individuals throughout the archive. Some additional work has been undertaken on the uses made of the prints by the clients. Examples are provided of different styles of display including one case in which captions have been added to prints on display on a living room wall, so the house and its photographs are a local archive.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: November 1, 2010
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